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Congregational Statement of Faith

as adopted at Kansas City, 1913

We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, goodness and love; and in Jesus Christ, his Son, our Lord and Savior, who for us and our salvation lived and died and rose again and liveth evermore; and in the Holy Spirit, who taketh of the things of Christ and revealeth them to us, renewing, comforting, and inspiring the souls of men.

We are united in striving to know the will of God as taught in the Holy Scriptures, and in our purpose to walk in the ways of the Lord, made known or to be made known to us.We hold it to be the mission of the Church of Christ to proclaim the gospel to all mankind exalting the worship of the one true God and laboring for the progress of knowledge, the promotion of justice, the reign of peace, and the realization of human brotherhood. Depending, as did our fathers, upon the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, we work and pray for the transformation of the world into the kingdom of God; and we look with faith for the triumph of righteousness and the life everlasting.

United Church of Christ Statement of Faith

adapted by Robert V. Moss

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:

God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.

God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.

God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, 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.

God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace,the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God. Amen.

Open and Affirming Mission Statement

Adopted October 3, 2010 First Congregational Church of Hartland, Vermont

Committed to the call of God as expressed in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the First Congregational Church of Hartland, Vermont, United Church of Christ, declares itself to be an open and affirming congregation. We welcome persons of every race, ethnicity, economic circumstance, age, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and faith background to discern and live according to the will of God. We affirm all relationships founded on the principles of God’s love. We invite all to share in the full life and ministry of this church as we seek to grow together in faith and love. Therefore, no matter who you are or where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome in our church community.

—Written by the ONA Mission Statement Committee – John Abrahamsen, Nancy Foote, Micah Heaney, Joe Reilly, and Emily Silver