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Faith

The First Congregational Church of St. Albans, Vermont, United Church of Christ, affirms these statements, and invites you to consider our congregation through active conversation and participation.

 

We believe in the Trinity of God:  Creator, resurrected Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  These guide us through the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

 

We believe each person is unique and valuable.  We believe each person is on a spiritual journey.

 

We believe a persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God that loves, strengthens faith, dissolves guilt, and gives life purpose and direction.

 

We believe, through baptism, we belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith through this sacrament.

 

We believe God invites all people of faith to the table for the sacrament of Communion.  The bread and grape juice reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice and the call to be disciples.  We honor Christ’s presence among us.  We celebrate this mystery of faith.

 

We are a united and a uniting church.  “That they may all be one.”  (John 17:21)  We have no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures.  Our overarching creed is love.  Our ministers and teachers commit to excellence in theological preparation and interpretation of the scripture.

 

We believe God calls us to be servants in the service of others.

 

We believe God calls us to be a prophetic church.  As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls us to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor, and comfort the afflicted.

 

We believe in the power of peace,  and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.

 

 

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WORDS OF WISDOM    (Mother Teresa)

* People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered, forgive them, anyway.

* If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives; be kind, anyway.

* If you are successful, you will win some false friends, and some true enemies; be successful, anyway.

* If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank, anyway.

* What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build, anyway.

* If you feel serenity and happiness, others may be jealous; be happy, anyway.

* The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow; do good, anyway.

* Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give your best, anyway.

 

For you see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them, anyway.