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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 offense be allowed, provided the substance of the Faith be kept entire; and that, in every Church, what cannot be clearly determined to belong to Doctrine must be referred to Discipline; and therefore, by common consent and authority, may be altered, abridged, enlarged, amended, or otherwise disposed of, as may seem most convenient for the edification of the people, "according to the various exigency of times and occasions."
-- Preface to The Book of Common Prayer, 1789

The Episcopal Church

St James Episcopal Church Sign Web.pngThe Episcopal Church is multicultural, multinational, and multilingual. We have provinces in 17 nations and are a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, with 70 million members in 163 countries. We are bound together by our belief that Holy Scripture contains the very core of all Christian faith. We hold four things in common: the Bible as a basis of our faith; the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds as basic statements of Christian belief; recognition of the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion; and, the historic episcopate. That is, The Episcopal Church is an historic church tracing its existence back to the Apostolic Church as established by Jesus Christ.

Our worship space is designed to fully engage the senses and to educate through the eye as well as the ear. The Book of Common Prayer is a framework to support the substance of worship.

We live out these core beliefs through:

  • Worship and church programs
  • Reaching out to the community
  • Sharing our stories with others
  • Seekings God's love together in study and prayer
  • Giving of our means and talents to the greater purpose of God's work

Our Worship unites us, acknowleding the holiness of God, to hear God's Word, to offer prayer and to celebrate God's presence among us.

All are welcome to participate in our worship because it is in worship that we live out our life as a Christian family together. Scripture is the foundation of our worship. The service follows an order found in our worship book called the Book of Common Prayer, two-thirds of which is scriptural. Every worship service includes the reading of Holy Scripture from the Old and New Testaments. Many of our prayers and hymns are filled with Scripture.

The Book of Common Prayer includes a variety of ancient and modern prayers and worship services for occasions when the whole community gathers, or for individual use. The Book of Common Prayer allows everyone to participate, reminding us that each person is an important part of the worship experience, whether the service is a celebration or a solemn occasion. It is a guidebook for daily Christian living. Music, both traditional and contemporary, is an integral part of uniting our prayers and Scripture.

We celebrate God with us through water, bread and wine.

Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us through water we are united with God. We call this Baptism. The Episcopal Church believes through baptism in any Christian denomination we become brothers and sisters in God's family. (If you are not baptized and wish to be, please contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information, or read more about baptism here.)

Jesus shared bread and wine with his first followers and is with us today in this family meal we call Holy Communion. Through it we receive the forgiveness of our sins and a strengthening of our union with God and one another as we remember Christ's life, death and resurrection. Any baptized person is welcome and encouraged to share in this meal.

We believe there is one God who creates all things, redeems us from sin and death and renews us as the Children of God. As Episcopalians we promise to follow Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. We believe the mission of our church is restoration of all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. We are enriched by your presence with us.

As you continue your journey please remember us as a place of rest, restoration and reunion. If you are searching for a place to worship regularly, we welcome you.


These brochures are available in pamphlet form in the Parish Hall foyer, or in PDF download by clicking on the pamphlet:

EpiscopaliansBook of Common PrayerThe CreedsThe SacramentsScripture, Tradition, Reason


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