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Covenant Church and Affirmations

The Morse Church is affiliated with The Covenant Church. Learn more about the Covenant Church at www.covchurch.org.

Briefly on The Covenant Church: In 1517, a Roman Catholic priest named Martin Luther ignited the reformation by declaring that salvation is available to all simply by faith in Jesus as the Christ.  Further, Luther said the ultimate authority on earth is not the organized church but instead is “sola scriptura,” Latin for “by scripture alone.”  Finally, Luther affirmed the mystery of faith—the presence of Christ available to all at the communion table.  These three doctrines (personal faith in Christ, primacy of the scripture, and presence of God in Holy Communion) became known as “evangelical”  beliefs.  Today, they are called “Lutheran.”    In 1730, an Anglican priest named John Wesley became concerned with the elevated status of the clergy of the church.  He believed the Bible taught that the people of the church should “be and lead” the church.  He started a lay led, small group method of “doing church” and his followers became knows as “Methodists.”    The Morse Church is merging of Lutheran beliefs and Methodist practices, which is a denomination known today as “Covenant.”  In 1820, a Methodist from England named George Scott traveled to Sweden to introduce small groups to Lutherans.   In Swedish, the word for “small group” is “Conventicles.”   Therefore, this lay-led movement of small groups in the Swedish Lutheran church became known as The Covenant.  In the 1880s, large numbers of Swedes emigrated to Illinois where they formed two sister denominations with nearly identical theology on the same day, The Evangelical Free Church and The Evangelical Covenant Church.

As a member of the Covenant Church, Morse Church holds to the essential beliefs summed up in the Covenant Affirmations:

  • We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
  • We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
  • We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
  • We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
  • We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
  • We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.

 

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Service Times & Directions

Sunday Morning Service Times

8:15 a.m. Traditional Carols & Holy Communion

9:45 a.m. Music in Contemporary Arrangements; Relevant Talks; Holy Communion

The 1st century welcomed all ages into worship services. We follow this practice at Morse Church. However, as a convenience, we offer safe, fun, instructive, and loving care for children up to kindergarten age.

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15431 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66221
913.681.2525