Our assurance as Christians is that nothing, not even death, shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
“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).
We are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in his name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death.
“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 made one with Jesus Christ, and are lovingly adopted by God as his children, becoming part of the body of Christ which we call the Church. In Holy Baptism we are given Christ's own life to share with the each other and the world, and reminded that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Jesus Christ.
"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 Holy Eucharist (which literally means "thanksgiving"), the Mass, and the Divine Liturgy. After Holy Baptism, this is the primary means of grace for Christians. When we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in our celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we are forgiven, renewed, and restored, and experience a foretaste of the life of the kingdom of God. As such, all persons who have been baptized, and are part of the Body of Christ, are welcome to make their Holy Communion, and be in communion with God and each other.
"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).
The Holy Scriptures are the foundation for all of our beliefs and practices, which are understood through the Ecumenical Tradition of the Church and reasoned discourse. We believe that the Bible contains a faithful account of the Gospel and all things necessary for salvation. Our worship is filled with readings from Scripture from beginning to end.
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" (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, and is also the primary symbol of our common life of worship, prayer, and believing in the Episcopal Church. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship and our common prayer.
“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 Holy Communion – we join Christians throughout the ages in affirming the Faith of the universal Church in God as he is revealed in the Holy Scriptures and in Jesus Christ: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.