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THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

The Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity. Our faith is grounded in sacred Scripture, enriched by historic tradition, and enlightened by modern reasoning. Our liturgy retains ancient traditions and is celebrated in many languages.

We have congregations in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.

We are a diverse community unified by four affirmations:

  • The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God.
  • The ancient Nicene Creed is a sufficient statement of faith.
  • The sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist as integral to our identity.
  • Our Bishops are our Chief Pastors and Teachers.

All other subjects we hold to be a matter of personal opinion, worthy of reasoned and respectful conversation but not cause for division.  

We welcome everyone into full participation in our church, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, relationship status, and physical ability. All are invited to consider lay and ordained ministry opportunities.

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PRAYING

Prayer is an act of giving our time and attention to God. Praying is how our spirit communicates with the Holy Spirit, and is as natural and essential to our spiritual life as breathing is to our physical life.

Prayer can be expressed in many different forms. What matters is not how one prays, but that one prays. How one prays takes time to learn, and is a combination of finding a prayer practice that suits your temperament, and then creating the discipline for the prayer to thrive. Nothing is more important in our relationship with God than developing a consistent life of prayer.

When Jesus' disciples asked him how to pray, Jesus taught them these simple words that Christians all over the world still pray today:

Our Father in heaven, Holy is your Name.
Your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever.
Amen.

You may begin a habit of prayer by offering the Lord's Prayer on a daily basis. Others may pray what we call "The Daily Office," a brief liturgy including Scripture readings that comes from our Book of Common Prayer or available online here. Others may practice centering prayer, a form without words that simply rests in the gentle presence of the holy. Still others may talk with God while they are out for a walk or a run. Some may seek out sacred spaces with icons, and others may kneel by their beds with a rosary. Prayer comes in all shapes and sizes, and adapts for all seasons of life, because God wants to be in relationship with us no matter what.

If you would like to learn more about prayer, or would like someone to pray with you, please contact one of our clergy.