Milton Beliefs

Milton Beliefs

We believe in God, whom we find in the Trinity: God the Creator, the risen Christ who is the sole head of the church, and the Holy Spirit who guides and brings about the redemptive work of God in the world.

We believe that each person is a unique and valuable creation, and that each person's journey of faith will also be unique. We believe that the church is the best place to pursue this journey as it offers opportunities for worship, service, education and spiritual growth to people at every step of the journey.

We believe that God calls each person into communion with the Holy One, and that the church in turn offers that welcome abundantly.

We believe that baptism is the visible sign of an invisible grace. We baptize people at any age as the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ's church, the sign and seal of their participation in God's forgiveness and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.

We welcome anyone who is seeking the presence of the risen Christ to join us at the communion table where Christ is made known to us in the breaking of the bread.

Our Statement of Faith

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.

Approved by the Executive Council in 1981 for use in the United Church of Christ in connection with the 25th anniversary and affirmed by the Fourteenth General Synod of the United Church of Christ.