Mission and Values

Connecting with Christ and each other to serve our neighbors.

 

Core Values 

Supporting Mission Together

Open, Warm-Hearted Community

Honor Individual Perspectives

Expressing God's Love through Music, Art and Nature

Embracing Intergenerational Relationships

 

What We Believe

"Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.  We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. "

– opening of A Brief Statement of Faith (PCUSA Book of Confessions) 


We affirm Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  This is the central belief of the church, and the only belief necessary for membership in the Presbyterian Church.  All individuals who affirm Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, commit to trusting in him, seek to be his disciples, and show his love to all, are welcome to be members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. 

Our 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;

  • Proclaiming and participating in the God's reign here on earth. This means; bringing love in the midst of rejection, joy in the midst of sadness, hope in the midst of despair, and peace in the midst of conflict;

  • Growing in discipleship through the study of Scripture, worship, prayer, fellowship, stewardship, and service, relying on the Holy Spirit to shape our lives increasingly into the likeness of Jesus Christ;

  • By the power of the Holy Spirit, calling each other to live the abundant life offered by God in and through Jesus Christ;

  • Honoring God as our Creator by protecting, preserving, and celebrating all of Creation.

  • Honoring all people as created in God's image by affirming the dignity and value of all, regardless of nationality, race, tribe, gender, sexual orientation, age, educational background, and ability;

  • Following the example of Jesus Christ in addressing the brokenness in every aspect of life, within ourselves, throughout our communities, and bearing witness to the Gospel of love in the world;

  • Intentionally working with and on behalf of those who are poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged;

  • Leading by the example set by Jesus Christ, identifying and using our spiritual gifts and abilities with the Church and in society at large.

Worship

"We are created to glorify God and enjoy God together." 
- opening of Westminster Shorter Catechism (Book of Confessions)

To this end, worship grounds us in the faith, hope, and love of Jesus Christ and, led by the Holy Spirit, we are compelled to live as Christ in our world.  Everything that we do is an expression of the worship of God in Jesus Christ. 
We believe worshipping God as a faith community is vital to a strong and growing relationship with God in Jesus Christ.  It allows us to draw encouragement and inspiration from God, who is our Creator, Savior and Advocate. 
Every Sunday and on holy days we gather to:

  • Hear God speak to us through the Scriptures;

  • Apply God's word to the practical dimensions of everyday living;

  • Confess our sin, knowing we will be forgiven in Christ Jesus;

  • Commune with Christ in the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper;

  • 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, peace, and justice of Christ in our homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

For more insight into Presbyterian beliefs visit: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/what-we-believe/theology/
 

The Sacraments

Baptism of infants, children, youth, and adults takes place during our regular Sunday worship with prior approval of the Session.  Following a time of instruction and prayer, we understand that we are claimed by Christ and adopted into the household of faith.  In baptism we die to our old selves and are raised with Christ to new life.  At every baptism, we all renew our vows of faith.
 
The Lord's SupperHoly Communion, or Eucharist is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and at special times during the church year.  At this meal we give thanks for God's saving work in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This joyful feast of the people of God takes place as people gather at the Lord's Table to receive the bread and the cup.  In this outward expression of inward grace, God uses the ordinary elements of bread, wine, and juice for the extraordinary purpose of strengthening our faith.  In our tradition, all who seek faith in Jesus are welcome at the table.