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“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)
Pastor Harroff’s Statement of Faith
I believe in one God in three persons. Through the ineffable Trinity, God demonstrates a community bonded by love. As a believer, I am called to seek fulfillment in this life through community with God and with my fellow humans. I believe God created the universe from nothing. I believe God created the universe so that all creation can know and glorify God. I believe God has both a purpose and a plan which guide human lives in specific and human history in general. I believe God’s providence is our greatest source of comfort and hope. As a believer, the assurance of God’s providence calls me to take greater risks in the service of God in this world.
I believe in Jesus Christ, fully divine and fully human. I believe Jesus Christ died on the cross. I believe that after 3 days God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. I believe that, in Jesus Christ and through Christ’s work on the cross, God has taken the initiative to save a fallen humanity. I believe humanity exists in a fallen state in which we are so completely affected by sin that we lack the freedom to choose God’s will. Given the state of our depravity, I believe that God’s work in Jesus Christ is solely and completely God’s grace. I believe Jesus will return to judge all humanity, both the living and the dead. I believe that we belong to God in both life and death.
I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe the Holy Spirit graciously bestows upon humanity the gift of faith in Jesus Christ. I believe the Holy Spirit initiates faith in believers. I believe the Holy Spirit engrafts believers into Christ and seals God’s promises to believers through the sacrament of Baptism. I believe that through the unmerited grace of the Holy Spirit we are justified via faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I believe, through the Lord’s Supper, the Holy Spirit unites believers with Christ’s presence where we are nourished and energized.
I believe the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of Holy Scripture and continues to move through Scripture to reveal God’s will to humanity. I believe the Church exists through the gracious work of the Holy Spirit. I also believe the Holy Spirit is unpredictable and mysterious. As a result I believe Christians are called to be open to the unexpected manner in which the Spirit will work in their lives and the lives of those with whom they come in contact. As a believer, I humbly affirm that God graciously and lovingly meets me in my broken sinful state. I believe that in grateful response to this wholly undeserved act I am to share the good news of the Christian gospel with other broken persons. In grateful response, I am called to serve God by working for justice, peace, and liberation in this world. As a believer, in deep gratitude for God’s gracious acts, I humbly seek to glorify God in what I do.
the congregation’s Vision for Ministry
Our vision for ministry is to be known as a welcoming, diverse, affirming, and spiritual church celebrating the gifts of God, following Jesus Christ, and seeking to comfort and strengthen the lives of those we touch.
Believing that the love and grace of God embraces everyone, we welcome into our fellowship all people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural or racial identity, sexual orientation, economic status, occupation, level of education, faith background, mental condition, or physical ability. We welcome those in the military who are permanent or transient in our community.
We seek to grow our faith through prayer and Bible study. We encourage the members of the congregation to bring more spirituality and balance into their lives with a year-round stewardship program that involves daily prayer, worship service attendance, service to our church and community, and financial giving.
the Practice of Worship at royster
Our Christ-centered worship is full of fellowship and laughter as well as reverence. Gathered in the Spirit and surrounded by friends and guests alike, we give thanks to God for the grace, mercy, and love that we’ve received through Jesus Christ. We listen to and focus on the scriptures, and hear thoughtful messages that inspire, comfort, and challenge as they proclaim God’s good news found in scripture.
Our spirits are uplifted by wonderful vocal and instrumental music, all further offering glory to God and proclaiming God’s goodness and love. Our service has piano, organ, soloists, and hymnals. We love sharing the talents of guest artists.
We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper (also called Communion or The Eucharist) on the first Sunday of every month. We truly believe this supper belongs to the Lord. The opportunity to eat and drink with Christ is not a right bestowed upon the worthy, but a privilege given to all who come in faith and love. All who come to the table are offered the bread and cup.