The Episcopal Church

We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.

 

The Jesus Movement

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry is the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. He is the spiritual and administrative leader of all the Episcopal churches in the United States. Here is a message about the essence of who we are.


The Baptismal Covenant

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We thank you , Almighty God, for the gift of water. . .

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The Baptismal Covenant found in the Book of Common Prayer, pages 304-305, is considered by Episcopalians to be the basis of our life in Christ. It sets forth our beliefs about God and standards for our life together. At least once a year every Episcopalian renews the promises of the Covenant.

The sacrament of baptism marks us as members of the church and as “Christ’s own for ever.”


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The Book of Common Prayer
a sign of our unity

The first prayer book was written primarily by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, and was published in 1549. It was based on the the English Latin Sarum Rite from Salisbury which was in wide use at the time.

We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer. The prayer book, most recently revised in 1979, contains our liturgies, our prayers, our theological documents, and much, much more. The Book of Common Prayer and the Bible are the only items necessary for Episcopal worship.

The Collect is a distinctively Anglican form of prayer. We pray to the Father through the Son. The prayer begins with a short remembrance of what God has already done before moving on to a request. The example below is the Collect for Tuesday in Easter Week.

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever.
— BCP 223