Our Church Covenant– (short version) *To Seek and Respond to the Word, World, and Will of God *To Walk Together in the Ways of the Lord *To Witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world Scripture that Connects Our Covenant and our Vision John 1:1, 3b,4-5 In the beginning was the Word…what has come into being in him (the Word) was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (New Revised Standard) Vision – Expanding in Light, Service, and Table We are an intergenerational community that: *Practices faith habits that expand our openness to spiritual Light in the world- it’s a Light that fosters hope, peace, love and joy within us, and beyond us. We look to the Light through the prism of biblical and contemporary stories of Jesus Christ: *Intentionally expands our caring mission, internally, locally, and globally, developing hands-on Service projects that meet people’s needs – making a difference as Christians in our world. *Shares experiences of expanding in Light and Service- welcoming all to join in our communion Table in the loving spirit of Jesus Christ- and to participate in the blessings and responsibilities of our faith community. United Church of Christ Statement of Faith Song based on the 7 key phrases from the full UCC Statement a. We believe in God eternal, b. who our brother Jesus shines, c. God creates the worlds and people, in the divine image, in time; the ways of life are set by God who saves us with holy love from the power of aimlessness and fills us with Light from above! d. We believe in Jesus Christ from the town of Nazareth, God shared our common lot, even unto pain and death e. God raised him up and set us free, defeating sin as Risen Lord, reconciling all creation, guiding us in Light and Word! f. God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues and races. g. God calls us into the church to be servants in the service of the whole human family.