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What We Believe

United Church of Christ Statement of Faith—adapted by Robert V. Moss

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:

God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.

God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.

God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, 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.

God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace,the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.

Amen.

East Congregational United Church of Christ Mission Statement

We hold it to be the mission of the Church "to do justice and love kindness and walk humbly with your God" (Micah-6:8).

"The first (commandment) is...'you shall love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your mind, and with all your strength'  The second is 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'  There are no commandments greater than these." (Mark-12:29-31).

Accepting these as the supreme commandments of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we East Congregational United Church of Christ, Inc., of Concord, NH, open our doors and ministry to all, affirming and honoring the dignity and worth of each.  We believe each of us is a unique creation of God. We welcome people of any age, race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, physical, emotional, and mental capacity, and those in traditional and non-traditional families.

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