About us

 

Grace United Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in the Presbytery of the Palisades.

We are a community of faith rooted in the reformed tradition and the belief that the love and presence of God, made known in Jesus Christ, is good news that we are called to share in word and deed. We are a community of people from diverse backgrounds, walks of life, and seasons of life. Our stories, commitments, and interests are different, but we are united in our conviction that God's grace in Jesus frees us and calls us to love and serve God and our neighbors. Church is not a place we go; it's who we are and what we do.

Through our mission and outreach, we seek to share the love, joy, peace, and hope we've found with the people we see every day, as well as strangers near and far. We joyfully embrace our calling to reach out especially to those who have been hurt or disillusioned by the Church-- Nones, Dones, and the LGBTQ+ community in particular. We are a safe, welcoming, affirming community for people who might be feeling afraid, skeptical, or vulnerable.

 
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What we believe

With all Christians in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, we believe in...

  • the mystery of the triune God: One God who Scripture shows as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

  • the incarnation of the eternal Word of God in Jesus Christ: the good news is that we are not alone. Jesus is Emmanuel-- God with us.

With other Protestant Christians, we believe in...

  • justification by grace through faith: throughout the whole history of God's relationship with the world, humanity has been unable to fulfill God's law of loving God with our whole being and loving all people as ourselves. So we are not justified in and of ourselves, on our own merit, to approach God. We are not righteous. But God's love in Jesus Christ saves us and draws us back to God.

  • the authority of Scripture: the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to God's power, presence, love, and care in and for the world, especially as fully and decisively revealed in Jesus.

With other Reformed Christians, we believe in...

  • the sovereignty of God: God and God alone is the source and power of all that exists. God is completely free, and is not limited to or constrained by human understanding.

  • the election of God's people for salvation and service: salvation is not a result of anything we do or don't do, but is a gift freely given by God. All we can do is joyfully and gratefully receive this gift. Service and obedience to God's law comes after grace as our joyful response to the unearned, undeserved gift we have nonetheless been freely given.

  • covenant life marked by a disciplined concern for order in the church according to the Word of God: God cares deeply about how we live together. One can not be Christian alone-- God invites us into life together, just as God's self finds expression in the eternal community of the Trinity. God who is One-in-Three and Three-in-One shows us how to be unified in diversity.

  • faithful stewardship that shuns ostentation and seeks proper use of the gifts of God's creation: we honor God and serve the purpose for which we were created only insofar as we care for one another and for God's whole good creation.

  • the human tendency toward idolatry and tyranny, which we call sin: which is to say, giving to anything else the honor, devotion, loyalty, allegiance, and love that belong only to God, and/or elevating self above others in such a way that we, directly or indirectly, exercise domination and exploitation instead of humble stewardship and care for the most vulnerable of God's children. The power that God demonstrated in Jesus Christ was through servanthood and self-giving, sacrificial love.

  • the call for God's people to work for the transformation of the world by seeking justice and living in obedience to God's Word: as Christians we are called to be active participants in God's ongoing work of healing this broken world and reconciling damaged relationships. Our lives and relationships should be, to the extent possible, a foretaste of the kingdom God is working to bring to fulfillment.

Grace United Presbyterian Church

981 Preakness Ave. Wayne, NJ 07470

 

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