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What We Believe
Faith Episcopal Church

When people ask what the Episcopal Church believes we invite them to join us for worship and we point them to the Book of Common Prayer as a first step. We invite them to worship because the Episcopal Church has long endorsed the Latin maxim, “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi,” or “The law of prayer (the way we pray) is the law of belief (what we believe).”

A lot of our theology can be discerned through the building blocks of our liturgy: An opening acclamation of our belief in the Holy Trinity, the gathering of God’s people through a dedicated prayer, the oral reading of four excerpts from the Holy Bible each week, recitation of one of the Church’s earliest creeds, and prayer offered by a member of the congregation on behalf of the needs of the church, the world, and the people. This is followed by the weekly celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Episcopalians believe in the real spiritual presence of Christ in the Holy Communion and approach the altar in love and fellowship with our neighbors, knowing that Christ will strengthen us for His mission in the world.

Through our liturgy – the way we pray – people new to the Episcopal Church can learn a lot about what we believe. In addition, the Book of Common Prayer contains a rudimentary Catechism called “An Outline of the Faith.” Written in a Q & A format, we believe it to be the starting place for teaching, learning, and growing. As a mission church of the Episcopal Church, Faith's endorses the prayer we pray at baptism: “Give this person an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.” (BCP p308, Holy Baptism)

We may not have all the answers, but we welcome all your questions. That’s because we believe we all have something more to learn from one another – and always more to learn about ourselves, our world, and God. The Episcopal Church does not ask you to check your mind at the door. Our ability to reason is a gift from God. Join us in our quest for greater understanding. Faith Episcopal Church offers many ways to learn and to grow--whether young or old.

Faith Episcopal Church Mission

To know Christ and to make Christ know. At Faith we are an inclusive and welcoming community following the commandment to “love our neighbors as ourselves”. For us, this means we honor and value all people, with our open minds, open hearts, and open arms.