About Us

 

At the heart of the Christian Gospel is a tradition called 'Eucharist' (from the Greek, eucharisto eu (good, well) - charismata (give favor, grace) - o (I)).  It symbolizes what we are about:  

Our Life is a LIVING EUCHARIST. 'But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.  For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh.  So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Our Power is in SERVANT LEADERSHIP. For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.   To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law.   To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law.   To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.   I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

Our Community is a COMMUNION: So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—  remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.  He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace,   and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.   So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.   So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.   In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.'

Our Funding is a GIFT 'Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was someone great.   All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him eagerly, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.”   And they listened eagerly to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.  But when they believed Philip, who was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.   Even Simon himself believed. After being baptized, he stayed constantly with Philip and was amazed when he saw the signs and great miracles that took place.  Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.   The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit  (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus).   Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.   Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,   saying, “Give me also this power so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”   But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain God’s gift with money!   You have no part or share in this, for your heart is not right before God.   Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.'  

Our Math is a MYSTERY You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest,   and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them.   (For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death.”   Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”)   But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.