What We Believe…

CHURCH COVENANT

We believe in God and hold a deep and abiding love for Our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are willing to be guided by the Holy Spirit as it is revealed to us in Scripture and through prayerful discernment.

We are a faith community. As members of this Body of Christ, we

    • Proclaim the good news of Christ's resurrection and the freedom of new life for all who follow in his ways;
    • Share God's love with others by reaching out to those in need; and
    • Continue to deepen our knowledge and understanding of God's call in our lives.

With the help of God and this Body of Christ, we covenant to do our best to follow Christ's example and embrace the Great Commandment, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself," and his new Commandment, "Love one another." As we journey together, we promise to care and pray for one another, ever mindful that we are to lift up one another with dignity and Christian love.

We will support this Body of Christ to the best of our ability, through participation in worship, sacraments, work, programs and events, financial commitment, mission and fellowship. We promise to work together to strengthen the ministries of First Congregational Church of Vernon, United Church of Christ, and deepen our commitment as a faith community that is welcoming and accessible to all.

 

THE VOWS OF BAPTISM

Do you promise, by the grace of God, to be Christ’s disciple, to follow in the way of our Savior, to resist oppression and evil, to show love and justice, and to witness to the work and word of Jesus Christ as best you are able?

“I promise, with the help of God.”

Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to grow in the Christian faith and to be a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ , celebrating Christ’s presence and furthering Christ’s mission in the world?

“I promise, with the help of God.”

Do you promise to participate in the life and mission of this family of God’s people, sharing regularly in the worship of God and enlisting in the work of this local church as it serves this community and the world?

“I promise, with the help of God.”

 

UCC STATEMENT of FAITH

We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify. You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image, and set before each one the ways of life and death. You seek in Holy love to save all the people from aimlessness and sin. You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
 

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior. You have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself. You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues and races.

You call us into your church to accept the cost and joys of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others. To proclaim your gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory. You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm, which has no end.

Blessings and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen.

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