Our goal is to speak plainly, so stop us if we get too jargony!
We believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the center of human history.
We hold our core beliefs in common with the Christian church around the world and throughout the ages. Three statements of belief adopted by the worldwide church centuries ago summarize the most important tenets of our faith: the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.
We are a Reformed church in the Protestant tradition. Our history connects us to the ancient church, but our theological identity comes from the Protestant Reformation of 16th century Europe.
We believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God. We believe that God speaks to us through the Bible by the power of the Holy Spirit. We adhere to three statements of Reformed faith: the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Heidelberg Catechism.
The Christian Reformed Church as a denomination emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the covenantal nature of God’s relationship with us, and the cosmic nature of God’s kingdom. We also believe in the importance of Christian stewardship, which begins with a solid understanding that the property we call our own is not ours at all, but God’s. We are managers, or stewards, of his world.
For more information about what we believe, please visit the website for the Christian Reformed Church in North America at http://www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs.
With roots in the 16th century, distinctively Reformed worship dates back to John Calvin. Radical at the time, his liturgies introduced the basic principles that we use in Palo Alto. First and foremost, Reformed worship is characterized by the centrality of the Word of God given to us in the Bible. Reformed worship consists of a dialog between God and his people, with the active participation of the congregation.
The worship style at PACRC is often called “convergence worship.” We try to blend the best of various worship styles into our Sunday morning service.
Communion (The Lord’s Supper)
We invite all who have been baptized and have made a commitment to Jesus to join with us in this special time of remembrance and of unity with God, with each other, and with the church universal. We normally celebrate the Lord’s Supper during our morning worship on the first Sunday of every month.
Still have questions?
We invite you to visit us and experience for yourself the joy of celebrating God at Palo Alto Christian Reformed Church. Find us at 687 Arastradero Rd in Palo Alto, call us at 650-493-1152, or email us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.