Our Beliefs

St. John’s is an Episcopal Church, which is the American off-shoot of the historic Church of England. Our roots go back through the Catholic branch of Christendom to the Church organized by the early Christians of the first few centuries. During the 16th century, the Church of England broke away from the Roman Catholic Church amidst controversies over the authority of the Pope versus the authority of the King of England.

St. John’s is “catholic” but not Roman Catholic.
After the break with Rome, the Church of England (also called Anglican Church) continued to offer traditional liturgy (worship service) and Sacraments (avenues of God’s grace) under the authority of Bishops who trace their authority back to the Apostles in an unbroken chain which we call “Apostolic Succession.” While we enjoy excellent relations with our Roman Catholic brethren, we are not subject to the Pope’s authority. Many aspects of traditional catholic worship continue in our Service: clergy vestments, the Altar (Lord’s Table), the common chalice, and sometimes the use of incense (symbolic of the prayers of God’s people). People may cross themselves or bow, but it’s not required.

St. John’s is also Protestant. After the break with Rome, the Church of England accepted many changes that grew out of the Protestant Reformation. We consider the Bible as the Word of God and place ourselves under its authority; Bible studies are available throughout the year. Our clergy, although called priests, may marry and can be male or female. The priest in charge of a parish church is called the Rector….also the Pastor. St. John’s mission statement – “To experience and share the transforming love of Jesus Christ” – is two-fold:
1) growing in our relationship with God, and
2) freely serving in our community wherever there is a need, just because God loves all people

St. John’s believes that Jesus is the Son of God; that he died on the cross for our sins; that he rose from the dead; that he is the way to salvation through reconciliation with God; and that he is present now for all, and will come again in glory. Our faith is clearly expressed in the historic creeds common to all Christianity that we say each Sunday.

St. John’s believes that the Holy Spirit is present and active in the lives and in the worship of God’s people today, though in different and individual ways. The door of the church is open to all.

St. John’s believes that God is a God of love who wants a personal relationship with each individual. The first step is to desire that relationship and invite God into your life and heart. The second step is to seek baptism if you have not already been baptized. The third step is to make a commitment to grow in your knowledge and love of God by all available means. You will find some suggestions for growth in this folder and in other events during the year.

 

St. John's Mission Statement:

“To experience and share
the transforming love of Jesus Christ.”

 

The seven-fold VISION for St John’s encourages us to be

“a light on a hill” that all may come…

WELCOME: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…”

WORSHIP: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness: Come before Him with joyful songs.”

SERVE: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others…”

LEARN: “To equip the saints for the work of ministry…”

GIVE: “Freely you have received, freely give.”

BUILD: “...built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together…”

LOVE: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience...Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

You are WELCOME to our WORSHIP, invited to SERVE, LEARN, and GIVE as we grow and BUILD in LOVE.

 

 

 
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