Uhm ... So, what if i'm not any of those?
We are sponsored by the Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and United Methodist denominations but doesn’t mean you have to be one to be welcome at Niner United. We don’t care what you believe. Instead we care about you. Lots of students from all types of faith backgrounds connect with Niner United. Lots of students with no faith backgrounds also connect with us. Some of us had great church experiences growing up. Others of us had horrible church experiences growing up. Niner United is a ministry for all people.
So, what is worship like?
Worship at Niner United is exactly like Hillsong. We wish. Sorry we don’t have that kind of money. Instead, worship at Niner United is exactly like Westminster Abbey in London. Wrong again. Sometimes we follow the ancient liturgy passed down from generations and read the ancient Scripture also passed down. Sometimes we do very modern things. All the time we pray and sing. Most of the time we celebrate the Eucharist – which is a fancy word for communion. In communion, we are having supper at God’s table, and no-one is ever excluded. Every time we welcome the stranger … because none of us want to be strangers … and all of us are children of God.
So, what do you mean by grace?
We say things like God is love. God is always graceful. Grace is free. Churchy words can sound weird. Sorry. We believe that God loves us all, and nothing we do–or don’t do–can change that. Such unconditional love is what we call grace. God’s grace has been revealed to us in Jesus, who came to give abundant life, to restore sight to the blind, to heal the sick and brokenhearted, to proclaim good news to the poor, and to freedom the oppressed.
So, do you thump the Bible?
Nope, never, not at all. We aren’t those people. We don’t hold up some big floppy book and spout out hate. It’s not our style and for sure you’ll never find anything in the Bible that says “hey go out and harass people with me (the Bible).” The Bible is a collection of ancient writings that have become sacred and revered to us. We believe the stories of Jesus inform our Christian life. However, we are not afraid to question and grapple with the stories of our faith as we walk together on our spiritual journeys.