Our Traditions

Visitors to this web page may be curious about the Episcopal Church. If so, here’s a start.

The Episcopal Church in the United States is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Our history is related to the growth of the Christian church in England. The term “Episcopal” means “bishops,” and refers to our form of governance.

The Marks of the Church

  • One
  • Holy
  • Catholic
  • Apostolic

The Church strives to be one with all creation, all people, and all beliefs and ethnic backgrounds.

The Church strives to be holy, a sacred place where all are welcome to explore faith in a spiritually safe environment.

The Church is Catholic, in that the faith that we profess is good for all persons, in any life situation, and in any place in one’s pilgrimage.

The Church is Apostolic, following the tradition begun by Jesus’ apostles, and continues to the present day into the future.

 

This author has seen a plaque outside the oldest church in Britain, St. Martin’s, Canterbury. That plaque reads…

We do not have all the answers. We are on a spiritual journey. We look to Scripture, reason and tradition to help us on our way. Whoever you are, we offer you a space to draw nearer to God and walk with us.

May the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist become such a place for you.

November

Shortening days, dropping temperatures, rain increasing, deciduous trees in full autumn glory. 

This year it’s a month of continuing pandemic due to Covid-19, with the number of reported cases of the disease increasing. As I write this, there is the fallout from the closest American presidential election in memory. Life is different in so many ways.

We still can’t gather for worship, and that is a continuing disappointment for many of us. Elsewhere in this web you will find descriptions of how the ministry of the church continues for you and others. God’s love is not curtailed by outward circumstance.

November begins by a major festival of the church year, All Saints Day, always on November 1. This day teaches us that one doesn’t have to be a famous person to be a saint. 

The day is closely followed by All Souls Day on November 2. This day is popular in Latin American countries where it is known as the Day of the Dead, Dia des los Muertos. It’s a time to remember with gratitude those who have walked the way of faith before us.  Our deceased relatives have helped shape us who we are now.

We start a new church year on Sunday, November 29, with the season we know as Advent. You’ll find more on the meaning of this season in the next installment of this page.

As you hear so often these days, be well, be safe, find ways that activities that feed your body, soul, and spirit.

Many of our services and activities continue via social media and Zoom. If you would like to be added to the email list announcing these services and events, you can request such to sjb@oes.org.