What We Believe

  • We follow Jesus Christ at whose birth the angels sang “Peace on Earth.” As a congregation we embody that peace as wellbeing in our hearts, our homes, our nation, and our world.
  • We are a creedal church saying with Christians for nearly two thousand years the words of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. This shapes our identity.
  • We believe in the Trinity: God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Creator, Savior, strengthening Guide. This affirms that at the heart of God is loving community. Born in the image of God, we too are created for community.
  • We believe that the church is a mutually forgiving congregation, that no matter what disappointments or hurts we hold in our heart, God raises us to freedom and new ways of living, and finally that God’s infinite love is stronger than death itself.
  • We believe that spirituality is not just for the few but is common to all. At the heart of our spiritual life is The Book of Common Prayer. Companioning this Prayer Book is the Bible that invites us all to journey with God.
  • As we say at baptism, we believe that Christ is to be served in all persons inclusive of race, gender, creed, nationality, and sexual orientation. We respect the dignity of every human being.
  • Jesus invites all people into fellowship (not just Episcopalians), the ongoing expression of which is the breaking of bread (communion) and prayers (Acts 2: 41-42).
  • We believe that all baptized have a full share in the ministry of the church, men as well as women.
    Our Church calls bishops, priests, and deacons among those who are married or single inclusive of race, gender, and sexual orientation. What matters is whether they have been gifted by the Holy Spirit for these ordained ministries.
  • We believe that people of great difference can stand together as one before God at the altar of Saint Paul’s. Our unity embraces diversity.
  • We believe, “This is the Lord’s house, home of all his people, School for the faithful, refuge for the sinner, Rest for the pilgrim, haven for the weary; – all find a welcome.” – Hymn 51