Our lives, and our world, are beautiful, yet broken and messed up things--but we believe that God's love is real and makes a difference.
At Peoples we come together every Sunday to celebrate what God has done and is doing in Jesus Christ. In worship we... -Sing and pray, to turn our attention to God's activity and open ourselves to the presence of God's Spirit. -Confess our sin, to be reminded that we are imperfect, capable of sinning against God and neighbor--yet, God's grace in Christ is constant and restores and transforms us. -Hear from the scriptures, to discover how God might teach us to be light in the world. -Celebrate the sacraments, Eucharist and Baptism, to remember and proclaim the realness of God's saving love on our lives and the world. -Leave nourished in our need, and empowered in the Spirit to join in Christ's ongoing work of love, liberation, justice, and peace.
What is worship at Peoples like?
Peoples is unique
place, formed by both the theological heritage of the Reformed tradition
as well as African-American traditions of faith and culture. Worship at
Peoples has a traditional Protestant structure, but is casual in feel,
and diverse in expression. Music is characterized by traditional organ
hymns in one moment, and African-American spirituals in the next; a
classic choir piece, followed by a contemporary gospel, rhythm and
blues, or rock song. We carve our space for children and young people to
learn and engage and we exuberantly greet one another with the peace of Christ.
We seek to preach sermons that are biblically-grounded,
Christ-centered, inspiring to the heart and engaging of the mind, and relevant to our
lives within our social and political world.
Who is welcome at Peoples?
All people. All. We are made up of and joyfully welcome people of every level and experience of faith, every race and ethnicity, every sexual orientation and gender identity, every generation, every level of economic status, every level of education, every... who else have I missed? We do our best to welcome and embrace all as Christ does. We are not always perfect, but we certainly believe in and seek to emulate God's magnificent, wide embrace of a diverse humanity.