TOGETHER IN CHRIST TO BRING CHRIST TO THE WORLD
Together in worship; together in service: Two churches were founded by one church in Erie over 100 years ago, their visions being to share the good news of Christ in their respective communities. In 2008 they came together as New Hope Church, by denomination Presbyterian, yet sharing faith with all Christian traditions.
In this world politics, hurts, fears, and religion often divide, but we find that we are spiritual/human beings seeking God, who have discovered instead that in Jesus God has already found us. And we can be surprised by what kind of God that turns out to be. Richard Rohr* has aptly said, “The amazing wonder of biblical revelation is that God is much different than we thought and much better than we feared.” The opening sentence to the Westminster Shorter Catechism says it well: “The chief end of humanity is to glorify God and enjoy God forever.”
Our worship is traditional in style, but timeless in spirit, from quiet reflection to enthusiastic praise, using many peoples’ gifts from week to week. We provide a variety of faith formation opportunities to accompany that.
Responding to the love of Christ, our service takes us around the world and to our more immediate neighbors. We provide 3 school teachers for a village in Cameroon, serve in food pantries and provide meals for hungry people in Erie, supply backpacks for school children, and many other opportunities. So in coming together and sharing our growth in faith, we are challenged to take that faith into the world around us. Welcome!
*Quote taken from Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality (Franciscan Media: 2008), 10-11.