Part III - What We Do.
We are a city on a hill for the city in which we live,
Shining the light of Jesus for the glory of God
At The Heights Presbyterian Church, we recently spent some time praying and developing an updated Mission and Vision statement. We thought it would be important to craft such a statement in order to bring more unity and focus to our church. We hope that this statement and the accompanying explanation in this three-part blog post helps shed light on who we are and what we do in our community. If you are interested in hearing more, join us for worship at 10:00 AM in Shaker Square, or contact us at Office@HeightsPres.org.
Because we have been transformed by the gospel of Christ Jesus, we have been gathered into the people of God, which is the church. The Heights Presbyterian Church will seek to primarily do these three things:
What We Do.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
We were created for worship. At Heights Pres. we consider worship together as the people of God to be a crucial aspect of who we are. Our worship service is centered around the Word of God. We sing praises to him, pray to the Lord, confess our sins, participate in the sacraments, and hear instruction from God’s Word. We are a dynamic group of worshipers, drawing on various traditions and styles to express our worship. We expect those who worship with us to be both edified and challenged by gospel truth.
Worship is not confined to the four walls of our gathering space on Sunday. We want to see our people worship the Lord throughout their lives, through fellowship with one another, through studying the Bible in their homes, and through serving their neighbor in His name.
We value our children greatly at Heights Pres. – children of school age are invited to go into their own time of worship during the sermon, and are invited to participate in the main worship for the rest of the service, with age-appropriate bulletins that help them engage with the service.
Love Each Other.
“There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6
We don’t have to go it alone. In fact, we are commanded to do this together. The letters to the churches in the New Testament, are just that – letters to churches, the collective body of Christ. Individual Christianity is a foreign concept to the Bible, and we take that truth seriously. We are to care for one another, to encourage one another, and to speak the truth to each other in love. We, through our relationships within the church, will achieve the goal of presenting each other mature in Christ (Col. 1:28).
As is true in any family, there are hills and valleys on our journey together. But we are united to one another in Christ, and we consider being part of the family of God to be a great honor, carrying with it the call to love each other as Christ has first loved us (1 John 3:16). We cultivate these relationships through community groups, regular gatherings of men’s and women’s groups, and pub nights. Our involvement in the greater Shaker Heights/ Cleveland Heights community displays Christ’s love as we invite those who don’t yet believe into our community so that they might experience the gospel in their own lives.
Love This City.
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7
The gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t something we just take for ourselves and keep it hidden. But instead we’re to be a shining light of God’s grace, showing the world his love through our message and through our lives. This starts right here in our city, in our community.
God’s people have always been called to invite others to follow Jesus through loving the poor, welcoming the stranger, and loving their neighbor. Through our actions and our words, we tell the good news of Jesus Christ. This will look different from person to person in our church – but make no mistake, all Christians are called to join the mission of God.
At Heights Pres., we encourage everyone to find ways to join God’s mission in their everyday lives-- among their neighbors, colleagues, friends, and families. In addition, members of our church contribute their specific passions as they minister to international students, seek reconciliation and justice among vulnerable populations in our city, and love their neighbors through hospitality. You may be called to serve in one of these areas, or in something different. All we ask is that you go and be the light of Christ in our community.