The loving members of Hope would love to provide you spiritual growth and a personal connection to Christ through music, powerful messages, and a family-like approach to Christianity. Every second you are at Hope you will feel like family! join us sometime to learn about more of who we are!
The very first thing we’ll ask of you is simple: relax. You don’t have to dress up. We don’t care who you voted for in the last election. And please, don’t feel the need to pretend about anything. Hope is designed to be a safe environment for regular people to explore faith within a community of fellow human beings. Everyone is welcome here, whatever your story, your questions, doubts or struggles. So come as you are, because that’s where God meets us — where we are. From there, we’ll help each other grow to be all God intended us to be.
As a Christian church, we believe in the Holy Trinity: God as the Father, Jesus Christ as the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us and ministers to us and through us. Our heritage as a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is of the Reformed tradition in the Christian faith.
Who is the Presbyterian Church?
The Presbyterian Church (USA), or PC(USA), is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. Part of the Reformed tradition, it is the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S., and known for its relatively progressive stance on doctrine. The PC(USA) was established by the 1983 merger of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, whose churches were located in the Southern and border states, with the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, whose congregations could be found in every state.
What we believe about Sacraments
As a Christian Congregation of The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are Sacraments.
"The Reformed tradition understands Baptism and the Lords Supper to be Sacraments, instituted by God and commended by Christ. Sacraments are signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, symbols of God's action.
Through the Sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service." (Book of Order W-1.3033.2)
"The early Church, following Jesus, took three primary material elements of life--water, bread, and wine--to become basic symbols of offering life to God as Jesus had offered his life. Being washed with the water of Baptism, Christians received new life in Christ and presented their bodies to be living sacrifices to God. Eating bread and drinking wine they received the sustaining presence of Christ, remembered God's covenant promise, and pledged their obedience anew." (Book of Order W-1.3033.1)