Living in Hope
"Socrates mastered the art of dying, Christ overcame death."
The central hub and bedrock of our life together is the resurrection of Jesus, the first-century Rabbi whose life and ministry demonstrated—above all in the resurrection—his claim to be the Messiah who would conquer death and sin. We are a community shaped by that reality and given to our own (sometimes feeble) attempts to embody what it means. We love the resurrection for a thousand reasons, among the chief is the hope that it gives for our own lives. The power of the resurrection means that death, in all its thousand faces (in our own lives, our stories, our relationships, our bodies) will not have the last word. We are a people who have seen the death sin brings into the world, and we know we have marred the world with our own sins. And we have seen Jesus Christ conquer, and set us free to live in a world where sin and death are overcome.
...that the Triune God is reconciling the world to himself in Christ, by the power of the Spirit.
We place ourselves deliberately within the large stream of the Christian Church from its earliest expressions and stretched to the ends of the earth. We love being a part of the long history of the Church—messy, disappointing, and beautiful (like our own lives). This can be seen in the form our worship takes, rooted firmly in the long practices and prayers of Christians for long generations before us, and in our commitment to the Bible and the central Creeds of the Church.