As God’s gift to us through the cross and through the forgiveness of sin to be shared generously and joyfully with the world.
As a bond of deep affection and a sign of covenant with God, one another and the world.
As the core expression of what it means to be fully human as a means of knowing God and enjoying God forever.
As a sign of God’s blessing and trust that the body of Christ is made stronger by the contribution of all.[iv]
As the primary source of authority and revelation and As a witness to the Risen Christ and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. The witness of the Old and New Testament while primary, are interpreted alongside Reason, Tradition and Experience. We take Scripture seriously, not literally.
As a means of knowing Christ and making Him known while sharing the “Hope that is within us”[v] and helping others take steps towards faith in Jesus.
As a faithful way to respond to God’s activity in the world through ethical and prophetic vision that helps us honour the Trinity by “seeking justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with our God.”[vi]
People of all ages and stages of life are welcome to join our journey of faith at West Vancouver United Church. While we affirm that God in Christ meets us with love and forgiveness, accepting us just as we are – we also trust that God in Christ has no intention of leaving us as God found us. Made in the image of God, we are called to grow in God’s likeness. This maturing in faith and eagerness to do good in the world is a process nurtured by the Holy Spirit from baptism to life’s end through the desire to attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.[vii]
At West Vancouver United Church, we partner with the Holy Spirit and endeavour to become more Christ-like daily through a commitment to the following practices:
- Sabbath: A commitment to regular worship with the church family; a desire to engage practices that recreate and restore body, mind and spirit; a curiosity to explore the power of prayer.
- Study: A commitment to regular study of Scripture; a desire to be “transformed by the renewing of the mind;”[viii] a curiosity to engage contemporary issues and challenges through “faith seeking understanding.”
- Stewardship: A commitment to live generously trusting that “The Lord loves a cheerful giver;”[ix] a desire to share the time, talent and treasure God has granted us in abundance, a curiosity to explore what it means to be “rich toward God”[x] by living by the rule, “Earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.”[xi]
- Service: A commitment to love and serve others through acts of compassion and caring while seeking justice that changes lives for good; a desire to be a “good and faithful servant;”[xii] a curiosity to explore your spiritual gifts and discover who God made you to be.