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Welcome to Covenant Presbyterian Church! We are excited to meet newcomers and share all the ways God is working through our church and in our lives.
Whether you're someone just starting your first steps on the walk of faith or have been on the journey all your life, you will find fellowship and a home at Covenant Presbyterian.
We are an active congregation and in addition to our many ministries, we also enjoy having lively discussions over current events in the world and the ways we can work to bring all of God's people together in peace.
We invite you to explore our website, come visit us at 321 Taraval Street for service on Sundays at 9:30am, and if you have any questions – give us a call or send us an email. We're delighted you stopped by and look forward to seeing you on Sunday.— Covenant Presbyterian
Our Mission Statement
Who We Are
What We Believe:
We are a part of the Presbyterian Church USA. While views can be varied among our congregation on individual topics of faith and religious practice, and our denomination is one that enjoys allowing the diverse voices of its members to be heard, we would like to outline our church’s background and some basic tenets of our faith that are shared by all in the hopes of greater clarity for those new to our denomination:
►When did the denomination come into existence in its current structure/form?
1983. The Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.) claims continuity back to the founding of the Synod of Philadelphia in 1706. In 1983 the United Presbyterian Church in the United States and the Presbyterian Church in the United States reunited to form the Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.).
► What are deacons, ruling elders, and teaching elders (pastors and other ordained ministers) asked in their ordination vows about Scripture?
"Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ universal, and God’s Word to you?"
► What are deacons, ruling elders, and teaching elders (pastors and other ordained ministers) asked concerning Jesus Christ as Savior?
"Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?"
► Is the belief in the incarnation (that Jesus is fully God and fully man) upheld?
Yes. The official statements of the Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.) uphold this.
► How do Presbyterians understand the doctrine of atonement?
The official statements of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) uphold substitutional atonement. To further understand the doctrine of atonement, we suggest the following links:
From the official Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Mission Website:
For a broader understanding of the varying perspectives on atonement:
Rev. Gregory Anderson Love, who is a Presbyterian Pastor and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at San Francisco Theological Seminary, wrote a wonderful article discussing the doctrine of atonement which has been helpful to many:
► Who can take part in communion?
Covenant Presbyterian practices an open table, meaning all who wish to partake in communion are welcomed to do so.
► What makes up the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s religious views?
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s religious views are based upon 3 books: The Bible, the Book of Confessions, and the Book of Order.
The Book of Confessions is Part I of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and contains historical statements of what we believe as a church.
The Book of Order is Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and contains the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, the Form of Government, the Directory for Worship, and the Rules of Discipline. Additional information is provided to the reader through the inclusion of Received Ecumenical Statements of Guidance, Articles of Agreement, and material on the seal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
You can download the Book of Confessions for free by clicking on this link.
You can download the Book of Order for free by clicking on this link.
► Are there any Confessions/Creeds?
Yes, there are 8 confessions plus 3 catechisms.
"F-2.01 THE PURPOSE OF CONFESSIONAL STATEMENTS
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s website provides downloads for our Book of Confessions if you would like to read more about our beliefs, the confessions, and the catechisms that make up our faith views. Click here to go to Presbyterian Church USA’s download page to download the Book of Confessions in either English or Spanish or to view the Book of Confessions online.
Recently our Moderator of the 220th General Assembly also discussed the nature of the Confessions and the relationship of the Book of Order and Book of Confessions in the Presbyterian Church(USA). If you would like to read a transcript or watch; click the link here.
► Are women ordained into leadership positions?
Yes. The belief that women can be ordained into leadership is required to be affirmed by all ordained leaders and congregations.
► What is the denomination’s position on marriage?
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) allows both opposite–sex and same–sex marriage.
From our Book of Order:
"Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the wellbeing of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community.
In civil law, marriage is a contract that recognizes the rights and obligations of the married couple in society. In the Reformed tradition, marriage is also a covenant in which God has an active part, and which the community of faith publicly witnesses and acknowledges.
If they meet the requirements of the civil jurisdiction in which they intend to marry, a couple may request that a service of Christian marriage be conducted by a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who is authorized, though not required, to act as an agent of the civil jurisdiction in recording the marriage contract. A couple requesting a service of Christian marriage shall receive instruction from the teaching elder, who may agree to the couple’s request only if, in the judgment of the teaching elder, the couple demonstrate sufficient understanding of the nature of the marriage covenant and commitment to living their lives together according to its values. In making this decision, the teaching elder may seek the counsel of the session, which has authority to permit or deny the use of church property for a marriage service."
► Are ordained leaders expected to live in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness?
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has decided to practice mutual forbearance toward each other and other councils of the church regarding ordination.
By practicing mutual forbearance on this matter, this allows congregations that wish to ordain members of the LGBTQ community the ability to do so.
► What is Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s view on abortion?
"Abortion ought to be a last resort, because life is sacred to God." In its resource for women facing problem pregnancies, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) writes that the church "would like to support you as you make decisions about your pregnancy" and explores three options:
1) keeping the baby; 2) making an adoption plan; and 3) having an abortion.
► Does the church have a per capita (request for funds to help pay for administrative costs of denomination)
Yes. It is currently $35.15 per member and is voluntary.
$5.22 goes to The Synod of the Pacific
To find out more information about the Per Capita and how the funds are used, visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)'s Per Capita Resoures page.
► Who owns each congregation’s property
Congregations hold property in trust for the use and benefit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
(Many of the questions and answers were excerpted from This Official PDF from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s website )
A Brief History of Covenant
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