Sunday, July 8, 2012

We have liftoff!

I found a team: the United Church of Christ. I was affirmed as a member today during the service.  As the pastor pointed out, I've had some transitions lately.  I choose Ruth 1:16 as my scripture: "And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God." (KJV)  It speaks to my desire to follow the true God, to join with this people in the body of Christ.

I also chose the Statement of Faith because it says it all:

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father, and to his deeds we testify:
He calls the worlds into being, creates man in his own image and sets before him the ways of life and death.
He seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
He judges men and nations by his righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,he has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to himself.
He bestows upon us his Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
He calls us into his church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be his servants in the service of men, 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.
He promises to all who trust him forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, his presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in his kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto him.
Why did I chose this church?  One: they welcome everyone.  Two: their logo reminds us that God is still speaking. Three: they have a goal of being a unifying force among the churches of Christianity.  And four: they are very proactive in social justice.

I'm excited to see where this road goes as I travel Home.