Our Core Beliefs and Doctrines…

Baptismal Covenant

“Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?” (Book of Common Prayer, 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.

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” (Book of Common Prayer, 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. (See Revised Common Lectionary of readings.)

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” (Book of Common Prayer, 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.

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” (Book of Common Prayer, 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.

Christ-Focused

“In him you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life” (Book of Common Prayer, 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.

The Creeds

“The Creeds are statements of our basic beliefs about God” (Book of Common Prayer, 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.

Holy Baptism

“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church” (Book of Common Prayer, 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.

Holy Communion

“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” (Book of Common Prayer, 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.

The Sacraments

“Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace” (Book of Common Prayer, 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), pp. 413-419, Book of Common Prayer
  • Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession), pp. 447-452, Book of Common Prayer
  • Matrimony (Christian marriage),  pp. 422-438, Book of Common Prayer
  • Orders (ordination to deacon, priest, or bishop), pp. 510-555, Book of Common Prayer
  • Unction (anointing with oil those who are sick or dying) pp. 453-467, Book of Common Prayer

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

Spiritual Growth

“Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love” (Book of Common Prayer, 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.”

A message of mission from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

About Our Church

Who is St. Andrew?

Most Christians know the name of St. Andrew, but how many actually know the man behind the name? The New Testament reveals he was St. Peter’s brother. Also, he was the son of Jonah/John, as well as a disciple of John the Baptist.

Andrew immediately recognized Jesus as the Messiah, and quickly introduced his brother to him. Afterward, the two remained Disciples of Christ. The Gospel refers to St. Andrew as one of the Disciples more closely attached to Jesus. He was martyred by crucifixion at Patras in Achea.

Before Peter and Andrew joined Christ in his Ministry, they were both fishermen by trade. Jesus consistently referred to Andrew and Peter as ‘fishers of men’.

About the Book of Common Prayer (BCP)

About the Book of Common Prayer (BCP)

The Book of Common Prayer that Fr. Paul referred to above is in the pews of the Episcopal Church. Episcopalians use the Book of Common Prayer to worship God. It is a collection of prayers used in the liturgy which provides Episcopalians with a worship that is systemic, uplifting, and well written. The American Book of Common Prayer is the latest edition in the American Church which was taken from the British Book of Common Prayer in 1662. That 1662 Prayer Book, was itself, a later edition of the first Book of Common Prayer of 1549 which consolidated numerous Mass books, Prayer books, and other liturgical literature. The 1549 Book of Common Prayer was important because it was the first to use the spoken language and put the prayers of the Church into the hands of the people. The Book of Common Prayer has sacramental services (ordination, confirmation, marriage, baptism, burial rites, and others), morning and evening prayers, and special services for major feast days (Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent, Easter, and others). It also has all Psalms (the Psalter), Holy Days and the Lectionary. The Lectionary helps readers read the Bible in two years. The Book of Common Prayer also containts the historical documents of the Church.

Prayer

Each week we offer up prayers at our services for those in our community, including other churches and community organizations.

We have an on-line Prayer Net, a collection of people who commit to pray for needs and concerns brought to us. Do you have a request? Contact us, use the “e-mail me” envelope to the right. You do not need to give us any details unless you want to. God knows your request.

Each Sunday, during Communion at the 10:00 AM we have a Prayer Team stationed in our back chapel to pray for any concerns, thanksgivings or more. Again, you do not need to give them any details unless you want to. God knows your request.

On the first Sunday of each month we ask people to come forward who have birthdays and/or anniversaries that month and we ask God’s blessings on their “new year”.

Bringing God further into our lives: Christian Education, Bible Study, Men’s Monthly Saturday Breakfast, Share Groups and more!

Christian Education for Kids. After the 10:00 AM service from September to June. Classes are for all ages, from Toddler to High School. We also have special events, movie nights, sleep overs, Rule 3 (bowling) outings and more!
Check out our Youth Activities page for more information about Christian Education.

Wednesday Bible Study at 6:30 PM. Join about 20 or so of us as we study the book of Exodus through Inductive Bible Study methods. We share refreshments beforehand and have a great time. No question is out of line! Newcomers always welcomed and brief introduction to what “Inductive Study” is given around 6:00 PM each Wednesday.

Men’s and Women’s Share Groups. We have several men’s and women’s groups who meet weekly to encourage one another in their walk with Jesus.

Last Saturday Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study of each month. Come at 9:00 AM for eggs, sausage and who knows what else. Each month, a different man of the parish offers a Bible passage for study and discussion.

Links

Here are some links for you and your family to use on a daily basis for prayer and worship.

http://Pray-as-you-go.org – Daily prayers in MP3 and Windows audio format (WMA)

http://prayer.forwardmovement.org/ – Daily meditation readings

http://dailyoffice.org/ – Daily prayer readings that can be done quietly in an office