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  Motto: Welcome to the Table

Statement of Calling:
Committed to the unity of God's people at Christ's Table, through the Word of God, we strive to—
      enable service,
            foster fellowship, and
                  encourage education
so that we may grow in God's love.

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Disciples banner The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Mission -- To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth." - Acts 1:8

Vision -- To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. - Micah 6:8

Statement Of Identity -- We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us.

Sharon Watkins

This confession is the opening paragraph in the Preamble to the Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It is used by many Disciples congregations in worship as an affirmation of the faith of the church throughout the ages – not as a "test of fellowship," but as a statement of faith that identifies the Disciples' commitment to and place within the universal and ecumenical church.


As members of the Christian Church,
     We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
     the Son of the living God,
     and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
In Christ's name and by his grace
     we accept our mission of witness
     and service to all people.
We rejoice in God,
     maker of heaven and earth,
     and in God's covenant of love
     which binds us to God and to one another.

 

Through baptism into Christ
     we enter into newness of life
     and are made one with the whole people of God.
In the communion of the Holy Spirit
     we are joined together in discipleship
     and in obedience to Christ.
At the Table of the Lord
     we celebrate with thanksgiving
     the saving acts and presence of Christ.
Within the universal church
     we receive the gift of ministry
     and the light of scripture.
     chalice In the bonds of Christian faith
we yield ourselves to God
     that we may serve the One
     whose kingdom has no end.
Blessing, glory, and honor
      be to God forever. Amen.
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The Lord's Supper or Communion is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who are followers of Jesus Christ. The practice of Holy Communion has become the central element of worship within the Disciples tradition.

Disciples' observance of the Lord's Supper emanates from the upper room, where Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the living Christ is met and received in the sharing of the bread and the cup, representative of the body and blood of Jesus. The presence of the living Lord is affirmed and he is proclaimed to be the dominant power in our lives.

consecration For I have received of the Lord what I have also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup also after supper saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread, and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. -- I Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)
chalice

The chalice symbolizes the central place of communion in worship for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Cross of St. Andrew, national cross of Scotland, focuses attention on the Presbyterian roots of the Disciples. St. Andrew has been identified with the laity and with evangelism, both of which have been prominent Disciples' emphases. The color red signifies vitality, spirit and sacrifice. The chalice and St. Andrew's Cross were adopted by the church's 1971 General Assembly and is a registered trademark with the United States Patent Office. It is in the interest of the church to use the symbol with dignity and propriety to maintain the respect due an identifying mark of an institution.

 

Featured Video

A Movement for Wholeness takes a look at the beliefs and practices of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as told through its members. The 9-minute video also explains the Church's identity statement and its four priorities of witness and work. Produced by Communication Ministries and sponsored in part by the Disciples Mission Fund and the Oreon E. Scott Foundation.