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Beliefs

What do we believe? Here are some statements from our church bylaws that explain our beliefs.

To find out more about the United Church of Christ (UCC), visit their web site at www.ucc.org. And visit the Maine Conference of the U.C.C. at www.maineucc.org.


Mission Statement

The mission of this church is to love God and love one another in our congregation, community, and world, through worship, serving, and mission.  We seek to build a community of faith and service where all are welcomed, as Jesus Christ welcomed all.  We affirm each person as a child of God, and we embrace and encourage our common values as well as our unique differences.

Open & Affirming Statement

We invite everyone to full membership and participation in the life, leadership, ministry, and mission of this church. We welcome all people regardless of background, circumstance, race, ethnicity, family configuration, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental ability, and age. 

Covenant

We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the Word and the will of God. We purpose to walk together in the ways of Jesus, made known and to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the Church to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshiping God, and striving for truth, justice, and peace. As did our forebears, we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us. We pray for the coming of the realm of God, and we look with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal life.

Vision Statement

Our vision for the next 3-5 years is that our congregation will:
  • Foster relationships with new people and churches in the greater Westbrook area;
  • Establish regular mission, educational and recreational ministries that will serve the wider community; and
  • Become more welcoming and hospitable to all who enter our church.

Statement of Faith

This Church acknowledges as its sole Head, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of all people. It acknowledges as brothers and sisters in Christ all who share in this confession. It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world. It claims as its own the faith of the historic Church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own. In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practice prevailing among Evangelical Christians, it recognizes two Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.

One expression of this faith is:

Statement of Faith

We believe in You, O God, the 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.

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