Welcome to Living Hope Christian Reformed Church.
We are a community of people whom believe that all our hope is found not in what we do for God, but what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. His love and grace is foundational for all we do in worship in our ministries and for how we live with one another. We hope you will experience that same love and grace along with us.
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What Can I Expect From Service?
The Word of God is central and our understanding of God's Word is nurtured through preaching. We believe it is important to hear all of God's Word, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. Preaching at Living Hope endeavors to proclaim God's Word Fully
Our worship is centered on the Word of God and aims to be joyful, reverent relevant and formational. We draw on both worship, remembering that worship is the central part of the covenantal relationship between God and His people and that the goal of worship is to glorify the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Leading and promoting congregational singing is accomplished with various musical instrumentation (piano, organ, voice, guitar) and is intended to join our voices to scripturally relevant themes. Featuring compositions from the 1st century to current day.
All Children, age 4 to grade 5, are invited to join the Sunday School Program. They leave at a designated time during the morning worship service, and parents may gather their children from their respective rooms after the service. We also offer nursery for children 0-3 years of age.
Prayer and Fellowship
We join in prayer several times during a service. A small prayer group also meets every Sunday morning before service.
After every service, we gather in the fellowship hall to enjoy refreshments, join in fellowship with other members and meet new people.
We collect a good will offering for different local and international causes every Sunday. We like to consider the offering as a way to give back to God for the gifts He has given us. We are all blessed, give joyfully as you are able.
We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life. As a member of the Christian Reformed Church, we affirm the following standards and creeds
The Belgic Confession, written in 1561, owes its origin to the need for a clear and comprehensive statement of Reformed faith during the time of the Spanish inquisition in the Lowlands. Guido de Brès, its primary author, was pleading for understanding and toleration from King Philip II of Spain who was determined to root out all Protestant factions in his jurisdiction. Hence, this confession takes pains to point out the continuity of Reformed belief with that of the ancient Christian creeds, as well as to differentiate it from Catholic belief (on the one hand), and from Anabaptist teachings (on the other). Read More
The Canons of Dort come from an international synod of Reformed people held in Dordtrecht, Netherlands, in 1618-19. While the synod accomplished many other things as well, one of its main purposes was to adjudicate a theological controversy (Arminianism) concerning the way in which believers receive the benefit of Christ. The canons, therefore, are polemic in purpose, articulating Calvinistic beliefs in direct rebuttal of Arminianism. This confession is a very finely tuned piece of theological writing, ably delineating a biblically Reformed perspective on matters central to Christian life and experience. Read More
The Heidelberg Catechism, written in 1563, originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity in the Palatinate, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well. It is a remarkably warm-hearted and personalized confession of faith, eminently deserving of its popularity among Reformed churches to the present day. Read More
This creed is called the Apostles’ Creed not because it was produced by the apostles themselves but because it contains a brief summary of their teachings. It sets forth their doctrine “in sublime simplicity, in unsurpassable brevity, in beautiful order, and with liturgical solemnity.” In its present form it is dated no later than the fourth century. More than any other Christian creed, it may justly be called an ecumenical symbol of faith. This translation of the Latin text was approved by the CRC Synod of 1988. Read More
The Nicene Creed, also called the Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed, is a statement of the orthodox faith of the early Christian church in opposition to certain heresies, especially Arianism. These heresies, which disturbed the church during the fourth century, concerned the doctrine of the trinity and of the person of Christ. Both the Greek (Eastern) and the Latin (Western) church held this creed in honor, though with one important difference: the Western church insisted on the inclusion of the phrase “and the Son” (known as the “filioque”) in the article on the procession of the Holy Spirit; this phrase still is repudiated by the Eastern Orthodox church. In its present form this creed goes back partially to the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) with additions by the Council of Constantinople (A.D. 381). It was accepted in its present form at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, but the “filioque” phrase was not added until 589. However, the creed is in substance an accurate and majestic formulation of the Nicene faith. This translation of the Greek text was approved by the CRC Synod of 1988. Read More
This creed is named after Athanasius (A.D. 293-373), the champion of orthodoxy against Arian attacks on the doctrine of the trinity. Although Athanasius did not write this creed and it is improperly named after him, the name persists because until the seventeenth century it was commonly ascribed to him. It is not from Greek (Eastern), but from Latin (Western) origin, and is not recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church today. Apart from the opening and closing sentences, this creed consists of two parts, the first setting forth the orthodox doctrine of the trinity, and the second dealing chiefly with the incarnation and the two-natures doctrine. This translation was adopted by the CRC Synod of 1988. Read More