What We Believe

We are an incarnational church, the body of Christ, and as such we speak to our life together less in terms of beliefs and more in terms of belonging. We belong to the family of God and the Father calls His children to be as one in the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:12-31). Our unity as one body to worship, minister, and service to others, furthers God's heavenly kingdom until kingdom come, and through this unity, we discover our unique calling and place in the family of God. Consider joining with us on this faith journey.

The Baptismal Covenant

"Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?" (BCP, p. 292)

"A mini catechism used at baptisms and on Easter and other special occasions, the Baptismal Covenant opens with a question-and-answer version of the statement of faith that is the Apostles’ Creed and adds five questions regarding how we, as Christians, are called to live out our faith." (TEC)

The Bible

"Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them." (BCP, p. 236) 

"It is our foundation, understood through tradition and reason, containing all things necessary for salvation. Our worship is filled with Scripture from beginning to end. Approximately 70% of the Book of Common Prayer comes directly from the Bible, and Episcopalians read more Holy Scripture in Sunday worship than almost any other denomination in Christianity." (TEC)

The Book of Common Prayer

"It is a most invaluable part of that blessed ‘liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,’ that in his worship different forms and usages may without offence be allowed, provided the substance of the Faith be kept entire." (BCP, p. 9)

"The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer." (TEC)

The Catechism

"It is a commentary on the creeds, but is not meant to be a complete statement of belief and practices; rather, it is a point of departure for the teacher." (BCP, p. 844) 

"Offered in a question-and-answer format, the Catechism found in the back of the Book of Common Prayer (pp. 845-862) helps teach the foundational truths of the Christian faith." (TEC)

The creeds

"The Creeds are statements of our basic beliefs about God.” (BCP, p. 851)

"We will always have questions, but in the two foundational statements of faith – the Apostles’ Creed used at baptism, and the Nicene Creed used at communion – we join Christians throughout the ages in affirming our faith in the one God who created us, redeemed us, and sanctifies us." (TEC)

Christ-Focused

“In him you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.” (BCP, p. 368) 

"As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ’s name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death." (TEC)

Salvation

"Salvation in Christ is made available to us through the Spirit, especially in the life and sacraments of the church. By the water of baptism, we are buried with Christ in his death and share his resurrection (BCP, p. 306; see Rom 6:3-4). The consecrated elements of the eucharist are for God's people "the bread of life and the cup of salvation," by which we share the body and blood of Christ." (BCP, pp. 363, 375; see Jn 6:53-56; 1 Cor 10:16-17) (TEC)

Holy Baptism

“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church.” (BCP, p. 298)

"In the waters of baptism we are reminded that we belong to God and nothing can separate us from the love of God. We also find ourselves part of an extended family, one with Christians throughout the ages and across the world, what we call the 'one, holy, catholic [meaning 'universal'], and apostolic Church.' The Rite of Holy Baptism can be found on pp. 297-308 of the Book of Common Prayer." (TEC)

Holy Eucharist

"We thank you ... for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom." (BCP, p. 366)

"It goes by several names: Holy Communion, the Eucharist (which literally means "thanksgiving"), mass. But whatever it’s called, this is the family meal for Christians and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. As such, all persons who have been baptized, and are therefore part of the extended family that is the Church, are welcome to receive the bread and wine, and be in communion with God and each other." (TEC)

the sacraments

“Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.” (BCP, p. 857)

"Besides baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the church recognizes other spiritual markers in our journey of faith. These include:

  • Confirmation (the adult affirmation of our baptismal vows) (BCP, pp. 413-419)
  • Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession) (BCP, pp. 447-452)
  • Matrimony (Christian marriage)  (BCP, pp. 422-438)
  • Orders (ordination to deacon, priest, or bishop) (BCP, pp. 510-555)
  • Unction (anointing with oil those who are sick or dying) (BCP, pp. 453-467)

These help us to be a sacramental people, seeing God always at work around us." (TEC)

Spiritual Growth

"Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love." (BCP, p. 833)

"The promises we make in our Baptismal Covenant are reminders that we are not yet perfect, that we are called to move deeper in our faith and make a difference in our world. We do so together as the church, always professing that we will indeed live into our baptismal vows as followers of Christ, but always 'with God’s help.'" (TEC)

 

“Wherever you are on your walk of faith, you are welcome at this table.”