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Our Faith

Members of Advent-St. Nicholas are at different stages of their spiritual journey. We gather to give praise and thanks to God, and to support one another in this discovery process. Our faith in Jesus of Nazareth as “the human face of God” (cf. John 1:18) holds us together as we worship and move ahead. Since we are a fellowship of persons from different denominational backgrounds, we do not aspire to doctrinal conformity. Our faith is expressed concretely in the way we worship and in the way we act in the world around us.

 

In our liturgy, based largely on traditional Lutheran and Anglican patterns, we honor the Holy Scriptures as the word of God, which can give inspired guidance on personal and social issues when they are rightly interpreted in light of their original historical context.

 

In our liturgy we honor the Holy Scriptures as the word of God

 

We also recognize the historic creeds and confessions of the church as a basic point of departure for reinterpreting the faith in relation to our contemporary context.

 

Through congregational retreats and gatherings over the years, diverse and varied members of Advent – St. Nicholas have articulated the congregation’s values to include:

 

  • acceptance of diverse denominational and worship traditions
  • being empowered by the Holy Spirit
  • striving to make the church relevant in today’s world
  • making Advent – St. Nicholas a supportive community
  • continuous learning about ourselves and our faith.

 

These values suggest that the test of a true faith is the way we live our lives. Belief in Jesus Christ entails demonstrating God’s justice and love in our workplace and our personal life, and in service to our neighbors. We encourage one another to make a positive difference on the job, at home, and in our community.

The Annual Meeting provides an occasion to review and reaffirm core values