Be Love (James 1:17-27)

In the United Church of Christ, we rely on testimonies, not tests of faith. So, unlike other faith communities you may have experienced, most UCC churches do not regularly recite creeds during worship. In keeping with that philosophy, the UCC’s Statement of Faith (here reprinted in the form of a doxology) is not a doctrine of beliefs that must be adhered to, but instead is the beginning of a conversation. What about the statement of faith resonates with your understanding of the work of God in the world? What seems true to you? What makes you uncomfortable? What do you have questions about? Being willing to enter into conversation with the Statement of Faith is one more way that “God is still speaking” in our church.

United Church of Christ Statement of Faith in the form of a doxology

We believe in you, O God, 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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