Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603 | 508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9 am - 2 pm | Wed., Thurs., Fri.
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With approximately two-thirds of our members coming from denominations other than our own United Church of Christ, the UCC's motto (taken from Jesus' farewell to his disciples, John 17:21) "That they may all be one" is especially apt. The motto reflects our spirit of unity and inclusiveness and points toward future efforts to heal the divisions in the body of Christ and the brokenness of our human family.
Putting into words what a gathered people believe is always a challenge because beliefs differ from person to person. Each year our Confirmation Class young people write a statement of beliefs, and these vary greatly from year to year. But in general, we can agree that the UCC Statement of Faith below is the creed to which we aspire. (Because so many of us come from other traditions, we also hold other creeds dear, such as the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. In the UCC, we do not limit a person's faith or seek proof positive of any particular belief at all.) All members are encouraged to consider their own belief system through prayer and study.
Saying all that, if you worship with us, you will find that we are unabashedly Jesus followers, and our services reflect that we are Christo-centric.
The United Church of Christ Statement of Faith
(in the form of a Doxology, 1981)
We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:
You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image,and set before each one the ways of life and death.
You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.
You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, 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.
You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you.
We covenant with God...
...by invoking Jesus' presence at each meeting, ministry, and gathering
...by recognizing that we are doing God’s work
...by remembering that each one of us is a child of God
with each other...
...by worshipping together
...by building fellowship with one another
...by respecting our differences
...by acknowledging that the Church is the congregation, not the building, nor any particular group
...by treating all with love and respect and accepting that nobody's perfect
...by encouraging participation in the life of the Church in a variety of ways
… by striving for harmony and peace as we commit our services to the Lord
focusing on open minds…
...by listening to each other and accepting that there are multiple opinions
...by admitting when we're wrong
...by seeking the truth from everyone's point of view
focusing on our mission…
...by presenting ideas honestly and openly
...by supporting decisions when they are made, whether it reflects our view or not, when it is made in the best interest of the church
...by believing that there's a purpose larger than ourselves
searching for justice and peace…
...by embracing diversity
...by standing up and protecting those who are being treated unfairly
…by focusing on solutions, rather than our problems
caring for each other…
...by warmly welcoming and sharing fellowship with all who choose to worship with us
...by respecting confidences and refraining from gossip
...by valuing all individuals equally and honoring each others' feelings
respecting each other…
...by treating all as we would like to be treated
...by speaking directly to those with whom we have a conflict or disagreement, rather than complaining to third parties
...by presenting ideas honestly and openly, listening with open minds, and allowing disagreement without personal resentment.
This is a goal to which we aspire in the name of Jesus Christ. The Church Council invites continual feedback. Please direct comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.