To maintain a church of Jesus Christ, to afford the opportunities for public worship of God, to minister to the spiritual needs and aspirations of the community, provide Christian education for all ages and cooperate in building the Kingdom of God throughout the world.
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. Amen.
OPEN AND AFFIRMING DECLARATION
We, the members of Wapping Community Church, United Church of Christ, recognize the foundational importance of the prayer of Jesus: “That they may all be one” (John 17:21) by inviting all people into the full life, ministry, leadership, fellowship, sacraments, mission, and responsibilities of our congregation.
We take seriously the teaching of Jesus: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27). Each one of us offers our unique perspectives, experiences, gifts and talents, therefore, we welcome all who seek to follow Jesus, including persons of every age, gender identity and expression, race, national and faith origins, mental and physical ability, social and economic status, family structure and educational background.
Wapping Church Covenant
We believe in the presence of God. We covenant with God and with each other to give ourselves to God’s service and take this to be our Church. Ever mindful of the welfare of our fellow members, we promise to walk with them in faithfulness and Christian love.
We promise that, so far as we are able, we will attend the services of this Church, observe the sacraments, share in its work, contribute to its support and its benevolence, and endeavor to make it a fruitful body of Christians.
Because we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we take for our rule of life His words: “Thou shall love the Lord our God with all thy heart and soul and mind and strength and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
NO MATTER WHO YOUR ARE,
OR WHERE YOU ARE ON LIFE’S JOURNEY,