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What We Believe

First Trinity & St Matthew

The Holy Trinity 

We believe in the Triune God: one God who is our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. God created the world in God’s image; redeems it through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; and sustains it through the living breath of the Holy Spirit. As the Church, we are sent out by the Holy Spirit to share the good news of God’s love for the world as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Sacraments 

We celebrate the sacraments of Holy Communion and Holy Baptism, which are God’s Word combined with ordinary objects – bread and wine, and water.

  • Baptism: we believe faith is a gift from God by the work of the Holy Spirit, affirmed through the waters of Holy Baptism. We baptize because Jesus told his disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
  • Holy Communion: Each Sunday, we offer Communion (also known as The Lord's Supper or the Eucharist - from the Greek for thanksgiving). Here we celebrate in a way that Jesus taught us, understanding that God is present in the bread and wine. These are tangible ways we can experience God's love and grace. If you are a baptized Christian and have received communion elsewhere, you are welcome to come forward. Children are always welcome to come with their family for a blessing. If you are not sure you would like to have communion, please feel no pressure to come up. Instead just sit back, listen to the music and relax.

The Bible 

We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God that tells the story of God’s love and care for God’s people, from the creation of the world to today.

Worship

Worship is the core of our congregational life. In worship we come together as the Body of Christ, in all our diversity, to proclaim the Gospel, share the sacraments, and celebrate our life together, to the praise and glory of God. Music is a central part of our worship, as we believe it is a common language that spans age, gender, and culture. It is our vision that music uplifts and celebrates our worship and is the leading way that we invite others to visit us and experience our reason for being. We are a liturgical church, meaning we follow a set order of service that includes seasonal prayers, musical settings, hymns, and readings.

All Are Welcome 

You are welcome here, regardless of your housing or immigration status, sexual orientation or gender identity, economic class, occupation, race or ethnicity, or political beliefs. Our congregations are diverse in all of these ways – one member has said that if you’re something, you’ll find someone like you here!