The words and prayers in our liturgy come right from the Bible, and from centuries of theology. In other words, what we pray at worship is what we believe. We share the creeds with the universal Church, but we do not have confessions that strictly define what it is to be Episcopalian or Anglican.
There are three important things that help us understand God and our world:
Primarily we look to the Bible for knowledge of God and use tradition and reason to interpret the Bible. However, we also use tradition and our thinking to better understand ourselves and the world as it relates to our faith. All work together to help us uncover truth.
We believe that God and God’s people can speak to us through the Bible. All the things we need for a good life are in there.
We are a church with many old stories. Some of these stories connect us to Jesus and the things he taught us. Some of the stories help us understand what other people thought about God and Jesus in the past.
We believe that in our life with God we should use our minds – we should think about the Bible, tradition and our own experience. The Church is the people of God. The Church is not a building where people go to worship God. The Church is all of God’s people and they work in the world to help other people know about Jesus' love for everyone. All of God’s people do God’s work.
The Apostles' Creed
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth;
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
And born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
And is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting.