Up until the 19th century, Harris Creek was a modest but important tributary of the Patapsco River that emptied into the Chesapeake Bay. For many years, it even marked off the eastern edge of Baltimore city. During the late 18th century, Harris Creek was home to a large shipyard where many ships were built and launched, including the USS Constellation. Today, Harris Creek is an underground waterway that connects 17 different neighborhoods in East Baltimore, starting in Clifton Park and ending in Canton. In between it winds under a diversity of neighborhoods including Broadway East, Collington Square, McElderry Park, and Patterson Park.
River of Life
Like it’s namesake, Harris Creek Community Church desires to be a faithful yet understated presence in East Baltimore. We do not exist for our own good. Instead, we exist for the flourishing of the city around us and for the glory of God.
The Bible describes another river that does a similar thing. Revelation 22:1-2 says:
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
This is the kind of church that we desire to be; a church that brings the healing power of the gospel to a city in need of it. We desire to be a church that brings life, not because of who we are or anything we can do, but because we bear witness to a loving God who has saved the world through Jesus.