FROM THE BY-LAWS OF THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, LAST AMENDED MAY 17, 2009.
FAITH: This church is established to bring its members into fellowship through Christ; to make effective the life of God in the lives of people; to draw into its membership those followers of Christ, who seek for themselves, and who accord to others, the right of each to interpret the will of God according to the dictates of their own conscience; to make available, through worship, instruction, and the sacraments, the grace which comes from God; and to advance in every way possible the work of the Church of Christ and to extend the Kingdom of God among all persons.
“Statement of Faith”
Approved for use by the Executive Council of the Inited Church of Christ in 1981
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 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 joy of discipleship,
to be your servants in the service of others,
to proclaim the 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.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen.