"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2:42
WORSHIP ON THE LORD'S DAY
At 11:00 a.m. on the first day of every week, the community gathers together in the name of Jesus Christ to give thanks for God's love, to confess the ways we have turned away from God, and to be renewed by the grace of God's Spirit and Living Word. Our worship is traditional, but not stuffy, and includes both classical and popular genres of music, prayer, and spoken word. The content of our worship is guided by the calendar of the Christian year, which traces the story of Jesus Christ from the mystery of his incarnation, to his life, his suffering and death, his resurrection, and his promise of a final victory over death in a renewed creation.
The Sacrament of
In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the grace of the revelation of Jesus Christ is consumed; and those who participate in the Sacrament experience the reality of a new creation where mercy and justice are not two things,
The Sacrament of Baptism
"...go and disciple* all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And, see, I am with you every day, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
These are the words of the Crucified-Resurrected Jesus that the Christian Tradition ascribes to him, being passed down from eye witnesses of the same. Like the elements of bread and wine in Holy Communion, the passage through water is a physical metaphor which mystically unites us with Christ's passage through Death into renewed and everlasting Life.
Baptism is the Sacrament of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus; those who participate in it affirm what is revealed in those events: that the source of all being is the God of Israel, that One and no other; and that the sovereign power of this One is expressed in the loving gift of life to what has never been, and the gracious gift of life again to what has ceased to be. From the womb of Baptism, the Church is born in the power of the Spirit to follow Jesus into the sin and brokenness of the world and, there, stand in the face of Death and say, "even though I die, yet shall I live."
(* The word "disciple" in the Greek text of Matthew 28:19 is a verb, not a noun.)