A Baptist and United Church of Christ Congregation
The Lord our God has told us what is good and what is required of us … to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with (our) God. (Micah 6:8)
Paul declared that, there is no longer Jew nor Greek, there is no longer slave nor free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28) Jesus was asked which of God’s commandments is the greatest. He responded, the first and greatest is that you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like unto it, that you shall love your neighbor as yourself. From these two are derived all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:35-40) He also said, Where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them. (Matthew 18:20)
We, the community of faith at Virginia-Highland Church, gather together in the presence of God and our neighbor:
- As a community of worship, covenant to gather regularly in the public worship of God; to honor the historical liturgical traditions of the Church; and, to open ourselves to the present, creative guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- As a community of diversity, covenant to celebrate and joyfully embrace our differences; to acknowledge that conflict is a natural and inevitable part of being human that provides opportunities for personal growth and strengthens the body of Christ.
- As a community of learning, covenant to study faithfully and critically the scriptures; to listen for insights that we have not yet heard; and, to respect the right of each individual member to read and interpret the scriptures as led by the Holy Spirit.
- As a community of nurture, covenant to discover and develop the gifts that God has given us; to affirm and foster the God-given talents of those among us; to support prayerfully one another; to promote the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of each member of our community.
- As a community of service, covenant to support this church and its mission by giving time, talents and possessions; to use faithfully and creatively our facilities and other property to further its mission.
- As a community of mission, covenant to live our lives as a people committed to integrity, following the example of Christ Jesus, seeking both peace and justice; to obey the Great Commission of Christ’s Gospel by sharing the love of God with our community and throughout the world.
- As a community of freedom, covenant to promote actively the historic principles of freedom: the priesthood of all believers, the autonomy of the local church, and the principle of a free church in a free state.
- As a community of faith, covenant to cooperate with other communities of faith; to respect and affirm the rich differences of traditions other that our own, to listen of those elements in their faiths that speak to the universal presence of God’s love and work in the world, to recognize that all of us see through a glass darkly and that we all are striving to discover and understand ultimate truth.
- As a community of the earth, covenant to work with other communities, to protect and preserve the ecological balance of all creation and to nurture a better awareness of the sacredness of the land and its limited natural resources.
All people are children of God, touched by the grace of the Holy Spirit, whatever their culture, their heritage, or the tradition into which they are born. Virginia-Highland Church embraces the power of God’s Word, the example of Christ Jesus, and the nurture of the Holy Spirit to transform our lives and enable us to experience the presence of God in the world.
Standing secure in the presence and power of God, and with the love and support of one another, we declare and enter into the covenant.