As Christians, we believe that each person is created in God’s image and loved by God. When we fail to live out our created purpose by loving God and each other, God always calls and welcomes us back – that’s called grace! We believe in Jesus as God incarnate, the embodiment of God’s love, hospitality, and mercy, and that his life, death and resurrection empower us to follow him in the midst of this busy, broken world, wherever our daily lives may take us. We believe that the Holy Spirit is working in each person’s life and in the world – comforting us, challenging us, empowering us, and working for peace, justice, and reconciliation.
As United Methodists, we believe that salvation is a lifelong process of responding to God’s grace to allow it to make us more holy and more loving. God’s grace is present in our lives before we’re even aware of it; it invites us to say no to our old habits, assumptions, and expectations and yes to the life that Jesus offers and calls us to; and it helps us grow in faith, love, and service over the course of our lives. For more on what United Methodists believe, check out www.umc.org/what-we-believe.
Each Sunday as we close worship, Pastor Marti asks the congregation, “Who are we and what do we do?” And they respond, “We go out to be God’s people in the world.” We gather for worship, fellowship, and study each week for this purpose – to enter into our everyday lives once again and share God’s love and welcome with everyone we meet.