The Reverend Catherine E. Foster

Statement of Faith

In the beginning was God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  God is love, and God lives three-fold in community.

God is the sovereign Lord and creator of heaven and earth.  God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.  God is good, and God is just.  God created me and knows me fully.  Yearning to be in right relationship with all creation, God sent Jesus Christ into the world to redeem it. 

Jesus Christ is the son of the living God, the Word, born to Mary, without sin, fully human and fully God.  Jesus lived on the earth to show humanity how to live, died for our sins and for the brokenness of the world, descended into hell to defeat sin, rose on the third day to appear first to Mary, then to his disciples and on to many others, and ascended into heaven to reign with God and the Holy Spirit.  Christ offers grace, love, liberation, and reconciliation to all who will embrace him. 

The Holy Spirit is the presence of God with us.  The Spirit dwells in me and in all others who have accepted Christ into their lives.  As at Pentecost, the Spirit freely precedes and empowers all human acts of ministry, preparing individuals’ hearts and minds and calling them to God.  We pray to and with the Spirit, who sanctifies our prayers and brings them before the Lord.   

Jesus Christ is the Word of God.  The Bible reveals the inspired and authoritative word of God as the Holy Spirit illumines and enlivens the holy scriptures for the life of the faithful.  

The church is a human and broken approximation of the body of Christ on this earth.  The church is called into covenant community to the joyful vocation of worshiping God, proclaiming the Word, sharing the sacraments of baptism and communion, and witnessing to Christ’s transforming presence in the world. 

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, all Christians have a daily role to play both in being and in building the kingdom of God.  Living in God’s lavish grace and mercy, we are the hands, feet, head, and heart of Christ in the world.  Therefore, we are called to labor for justice, to share the good news, to care for all creation, and to love one another.  

Jesus said, “The most important [commandment] is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

–Mark 12: 29-31

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