WHAT WE BELIEVE

We Believe in Jesus Christ

The Church of the Advent is a Christian Church in the Episcopal tradition.  We believe in the traditional creeds of the church lived in our 21st century context.  We encourage our parishioners to engage their faith and not be afraid to ask questions in order that the truth may be more deeply understood.  Anselm called our work "faith seeking understanding".  We believe that God in Christ is still on the move in our own time.  Through our prayer life, our sacramental life, and our study of scripture, we will be able to better see the movement of God and how we can be part of God's plan of salvation for our selves and our world.  


We believe that Jesus gave us the great commandment that we are to love God with all that we have, and we are to love our neighbors as ourselves.  This religious and ethical principle guides our lives.  Our love of God brings us to worship.  We worship in the Episcopal tradition with its comprehensive mix of Catholic and Protestant practices.  We are a sacramental people with our most common service being the Eucharist, or Holy Communion.  We value a good sermon, and we enjoy traditional music.     


Loving God and loving neighbor cannot be separated, so we are committed to loving God through the building of community both within the church and in our region.  The Church of the Advent is committed to fighting hunger, poverty, and addiction.  We work closely with the Medfield food cupboard providing Easter baskets to all the clients as well as Christmas stockings for the children who rely on the food pantry. The Church of the Advent has provided important assistance to the New Life Furniture Bank in Walpole who are serving nearly 600 families in Massachusetts providing them with all they need during housing transitions.  We are also a safe place for many groups addressing the addiction crisis.  Our doors are always open to those hurting in the world.  The Advent used its Easter Offering last year to support the Serenity House who helps lead young woman, especially pregnant women, to the path of sobriety.  


We believe in supporting one another.  This can be done through a gentle word, the delivery of a hot meal, or sharing a good laugh at one of our many fellowship events.  We genuinely enjoy each other’s company.  Our events are great ways to relax with friends.  We also take our Christianity seriously and help each other explore our faith.    


We believe in raising our youth to reflect the Christian values of faith, hope, and charity.  Our Sunday School and youth groups are engaged in mission work of many varieties from baking cookies and making soup for neighbors to feeding the homeless and going on mission trips.  We study the living faith in different ways from our Montessori-style Godly Play curriculum, to skits, to Bible Study, to grappling with tough ethical questions from racism to screen time.  


We believe God speaks through scripture.  The word of God is just as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago.  The Bible is filled with wisdom and eternal truths.  The most important of which is that through Christ’s resurrection, God has shown love for this world and wants to be reconciled with all of creation.  God desires not only to heal our wounds but has also empowered us to reveal and help build the kingdom of God.  This happens inside the walls of the church through our worship, formation, and fellowship, and the kingdom is built outside the church through outreach, evangelism, and our own God given work.  Whether we work for a school, sell insurance, or are a stay at home mom, God has given us important work to do, and the love of God can be revealed through it all.    

We Believe in our Baptismal Covenant

Christians are not born, but made through the sacrament of baptism.  We are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  This unites us with the body of Christ, the church.  At our baptisms we pledge our faith and our actions to God.  Here is that covenant.  

 

Celebrant:Do you believe in God the Father?

People:I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant:Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People:I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant:Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People:I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Celebrant:Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People:I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People:I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People:I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People:I will, with God's help.

Celebrant:Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People:I will, with God's help.

 

 

 

 

 

We Believe in the Church

We believe in the sacramental life of the church.  We believe that the way of love that Jesus teaches can be found in the life of the church.  We aren't perfect, but God uses the church anyway to preach grace and love, to provide a place to offer thanks and praise, to provide a sanctuary for communion with God and God's saints, and to provide a welcome for those in need of forgiveness and a fresh start.  We practice the way of love for a Jesus centered life focused on Turn - Learn - Pray - Worship - Bless - Go - Rest.