Who We Are

Our Identity, Values and Focus
“House of Prayer is a gathering  of God’s people who value : Welcoming, Relationships, Compassionate Community, and Openness.”

As we seek to live out our values in our life together as a congregation, we affirm the following:

Welcoming: ALL people are God’s people, created in God’s image and loved as children of God. All people, regardless of: race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, nation of origin, immigration status, native language, etc. are inherently valued by God and welcomed.

Galatians 3:28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

Relationships: God created us for relationship, with God and one another. While we continue to value the relationships we have within our membership, we also acknowledge the church is not simply a building that exists to solely meet the needs of its members. The Church is God’s people doing God’s work in the world. As such, we are committed to minister to those within the congregation and to the community.

1 Corinthians 12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

Compassionate Community: We are committed to walk with all those who suffer or struggle. We extend our compassion and love within our congregation, our community and world. We strive to meet the felt needs of the hurting and to work for solutions that address underlying causes of injustice.

Matthew 25:40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Openness: We affirm God is not done working in our midst. As such, we remain open to new ideas, new approaches, and new ways of working with people. This openness requires humility to recognize that we do not yet have all the answers and a willingness to live in the tension of uncertainty.

Isaiah 43:19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

This statement reflects not only who we are together as God’s people, but the values we seek to live out as House of Prayer.

 

We have chosen choose four areas of focus for the next 2-3 years, areas that have been deemed to be of vital importance and will be given top priority for our time, energy, and resources. Our four areas of focus are:
 

1. Discipleship
2. Youth and Family
3. Community Engagement
4. Worship
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