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.

May

This month finds us moving on through the season of Eastertide, the season that we rejoice in the astounding news of Jesus’ resurrection, and his appearance to his apostles and others during the following 40 days.

Our secular calendars have several observances this month:  Mother’s Day on the second Sunday, school graduations (vastly different this year due to the COVID-19 isolations), and Memorial Day, this year on May 25.

The church calendar has several days of note as well. May 1 remembers the apostles St. Philip and St. James. Philip is apostle who famously replied to a skeptical companion as to the risen Christ by saying, simply, Come and see.

May 21 is Ascension Day, marking the end of 40 days presence as the risen Christ to go to heaven and be with the Father.

May 31 is the Day of Pentecost, the third most important day in the church’s calendar (after Christmas and Easter). Pentecost means 50 days, and was on that day that Jesus sent the gift of the holy spirit to those who believe in God in Jesus Christ.

We’ll not be gathering for these services this year due to the social distancing required due to the virus pandemic. Our absence from church building does not mean that the faith is absent. We’re all at home this year, but the joy of Easter continues. We look forward to the happy day that we resume our worship in our church home.

 

 

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