Port Orchard United Methodist Church
Faith seeking understanding
As Christians, our identity is obtained through baptism and rooted in Christ. In baptism, we put off the old, renounce sin and evil powers, and pledge loyalty to Christ, becoming new in him. God initiates a covenant with us and calls us to a special mission in the world and a life of faithfulness. We view baptism in the light of Jesus' baptism, where God said "This is my son." For Christians, this means we are also chosen as sons and daughters, intimately known by God as a parent, and incorporated into God's salvation, given new birth through water and the Spirit, and initiated into Christ's holy church.
Holy Communion, or the Eucharist, is an experience of God's grace. All are welcome to partake in this spiritual feast made possible by God's unconditional love. It is a Means of Grace through which the real presence of Christ is communicated to the believer, though the exact method is a mystery. It is not just a remembrance, but a re-presentation of past gracious acts of God in the present. Through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, God meets us at the table. Christ is present through the community, word, and elements shared. The divine presence is a living reality that can be experienced by participants. For now we use individually packaged juice and wafers.
Our Doctrine and Theology
is based on the ministry and preaching of the Rev. John Wesley
Methodists have always been clear that no-one is beyond the reach of God's love. Salvation is there for everyone who turns to God, and not just for the chosen few (the elect). We recognize that salvation is not earned or gained by good works: it is a measure of God's grace!