What We Believe
We view the church primarily as a community whose purpose is to share the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and deed among each other and with all the world. We seek to fulfill Christ’s mission on earth by:
- Equipping people to spread the good news about faith, repentance, and the abundant life of God in Jesus Christ.
- Following the example of Jesus Christ and addressing wrongs in every aspect of life, intentionally working with and on behalf of the poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people.
- Growing in discipleship through Scripture, worship, prayer, study, stewardship, and service, relying on the Holy Spirit to shape our lives more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
- Leading by the example of Jesus Christ, identifying and using our spiritual gifts and abilities with the church and in society.
- Hear God speak to us through the Scriptures;
- Apply God’s word to the practical dimensions of everyday living;
- Confess our sin and receive Christ’s forgiveness;
- Commune with Christ in the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and baptism;
- Pray for the concerns of one another and our world;
- Express our thanks for the guidance and support of the Holy Spirit;
- Respond to God’s grace by committing ourselves anew to witness to the love and justice of Christ in our homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.
The opportunity for individuals to pray privately with a trained prayer minister is offered on the 1st Sunday of each month as part of the worship experience. Worshipers leave briefly, go to the prayer area for private prayer, and then reenter the sanctuary.
Governance and History
Presbyterians are unique in two ways. First, we express faith in the Reformed tradition, which means we emphasize God’s supremacy over everything and believe that humanity’s chief purpose is to glorify and enjoy God forever.
The body of elders elected to govern a particular church is called a session. The congregation elects them and they are to represent the other members of the church as well as the mind of Christ. Presbyterian elders are elected and ordained. Most of their vows are identical to ordained pastors, but their function in the body of the church is different.
The Presbyterian Church was first organized in the United States in 1707, and several offshoots developed over the centuries since. In 1983 the two main branches of Presbyterians in America reunited to form the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). St. Andrew's is a congregaton of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).