What Do Episcopalians Believe?

We believe in one God who created us, redeemed us, and sanctifies us. We believe that nothing can separate us from the love of God.  We believe that the sacraments of holy baptism and holy Eucharist (communion) are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.  We believe in discussion. Our faith encourages debate and works to respect the insights of our fellow Episcopalians. We have churches that are very protestant and churches that lean toward an Anglo-Catholic practice.  The Goal of the Episcopal church is to bring you into a closer relationship with the living God.

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Christ-Centered

Episcopalians are followers of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus is the son of God and the only path to God’s salvation is through Him. Our worship and our mission are focused on His life and resurrection.  Through Him we receive God’s love and we join the Jesus Movement.  We follow Jesus into a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with the earth.

 

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The Bible

We believe that the books of the Bible were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is central to our worship services.  Our Eucharistic worship services include three Bible readings; one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and a Gospel Reading.  We also sometimes may include a reading from the Apocrypha (the middle books of the Bible).  Our church services are filled with quotations from the Bible. We encourage the study and reading of scripture as a way to discern truth and understand what God wants for this world.

 

The Creeds

The creeds are statements of the basic beliefs of the church about God. The term comes from the Latin credo, meaning I believe.  The two creeds we use in worship are the Apostle’s Creed and Nicene Creed. These two creeds express a full and rich understanding of God, leading us to question and learn. In reciting and affirming these creeds, we join Christians across the world and throughout the ages in affirming our faith in the one God.

 

Our Weekly Worship

We practice an ancient service that has two parts. The first portion of the service is the Word in which scripture is read and a Bible-based message is delivered by the priest. The second part of the service is the Eucharist (communion/Lord’s Supper).  This form of worship has been the foundation for our life as a community. We believe it allows us to enter the world we live in strengthened, rested, and prepared to bring goodness into the world.

Here is a short video from a past presiding Bishop, Katharine Schori, who answered the question ‘Why be an Episcopalian?’.

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