In the gospels of Luke and Matthew, Jesus names those who are “blessed”, the poor, the hungry, those who grieve, those who are humble, the merciful, the peacemakers, those who are mistreated for “doing right”. Also the Gospels tell us that the most important commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and the second is to love your neighbor as you love yourself. When Jesus is asked “Who is our neighbor?” he responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Samaritans were considered unworthy of regard or respect, they were not accepted in “normal” society. Jesus broke bread with tax collectors, prostitutes and lowly fishermen. Jesus healed lepers and those of unclean spirit. These actions demonstrate to us that no one is to be excluded from the kingdom of God, a kingdom we are challenged to live here and now.
In the spirit of Christ’s teachings and to affirm our commitment and covenant to live the teachings of the gospel today and every day, Peace Memorial Church UCC welcomes you.
- We welcome you regardless of your race, ethnicity, or country of origin.
- We welcome you if you are single, married or divorced, gay, straight, transgender, rich or poor.
- We welcome you if you are young or old or anywhere in between. We extend a special welcome to crying new born babies and 100+ year old great grandparents.
- We welcome you if you have a disability of any kind, physical or mental, the healthy and afflicted, those in recovery and those still addicted.
- We welcome you if you can sing like Caruso or Aretha Franklin, and even if you can’t carry a tune in a bushel basket!
- We extend a special welcome if you are “just visiting or shopping”, if you are just not into “organized religion” even if you are Catholic, or Lutheran or if the last time you went to church was your niece’s baptism in 1974.
- Please feel welcome if you are a vegetarian or a carnivore, Republican or Democrat.
We at Peace Memorial Church recognize the differences among us, the diversity that is in God’s creation. We believe that we can share God’s love for us with one another recognizing our similarities and our diversity. We invite ALL PEOPLE to join us in our journey of faith, living by God’s will in God’s kingdom here on earth, creating a world filled with love, understanding and mutual respect and hospitality for all. We want you to know that at Peace Memorial Church all God’s creatures have a place at our table.