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We express "passion" as an out-of-control love for God—a love willing to sacrifice all. We know of this love having experienced God's passion for us through the creation event itself. And yet, it is through God's gift of Jesus Christ we find the Holy One's greatest demonstration of passionate love for each and every human being. In response, we seek to be driven by an out-of control love that desires to honor God in all we say, in all we do, in all we think and in all we feel as our lives become spiritual acts of worship. (Inspiration: Romans 8:31-38)

BELONGING...

Created in God's own image, humanity is a virtual symphony of different skin colors, languages, cultures, thoughts and experiences. In the midst of such diversity, resides a yearning within the heart of each human being to belong to that which is larger than self. With this in mind, we celebrate God's gift of diversity. Having made covenant together as church, we are committed to providing a safe place for every human being where all can experience the joy of belonging without fear of rejection or exclusion. (Inspiration – John 10:14-16)

COMMUNION...

Relying upon our commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples as the defining symbol for shared life, the people of God reside together in the uninterrupted spirit of communion with the God of Sacrificial Love. This experience of communion is founded on the claim of a common faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, built on the foundation of mutually dependent relationships, and lived out through the commitment of individuals and the corporate body to grow in Christ-likeness. (Inspiration – Acts: 2:42-47)

PURPOSE...

We are a people of purpose, a people with roles to play in fulfilling God's vision for the Creation. Every believer is called out of isolation to be in the world as an agent of God's transforming love. Seeking to change a broken and hurting world through faith and the use of our individual God-given abilities, we purposefully seek to live lives modeled by Christ. As cultivators of faith in the hearts of the faithless, some will plant seed, some will water and some of us will harvest yields that only the eye of God can envision. But in this endeavor, we joyfully accept our roles, committed to the purpose of bringing glory to the God of Creation. (Inspiration: I Corinthians 3:1-9)

STORY...

From generation to generation the Hebrews passed on their shared-story through the oral tradition. Through story, the people time and time again discovered and rediscovered their connection to their Creator God and to one another. We too, as the Body of Christ, claim our heritage through the shared-stories of the Hebrew people, the church of Jesus Christ, along with the life-stories of every believer past and present. Through story, we claim our connectedness to God. Through story, we find words for our own individual experience of God. Through story, we have the means to offer the good news of God's love to those who have yet to hear. (Deuteronomy 6, Matthew 28:19-20)