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

Allelluia! Christ is Risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Easter is the central proclamation of the Christian Church. Jesus Christ, God’s son, was convicted of treason against the Roman empire, and was sentenced to a traitor’s execution by crucifixion on Good Friday.  As Mary Magdalene and the other women went to the tomb to anoint the body on the third day, the stone was rolled back and the tomb was empty. 

Easter is a season, not just a day. Jesus, the risen Christ, walked and spoke with his apostles for forty days following his resurrection. When you come into the church, you will notice that the icons and crosses will now be shed of the violet veils and instead draped in white, the color of gladness. You will hear the term, Alleluia! This is a spoken word of joy, speaking of our faith that although death is still inevitable in our lives, it no longer has dominance over us.

Holy days and saint commemorations this month include:

Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles. May 2. Little is known of these two apostles. Philip was called to be an apostle, but did not act on the invitation until conferring with his friend, Nathaniel. This James is sometimes known as “James the Lesser,” to distinguish him from James, the son of Zebedee, and James the “brother of the Lord.”

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31. Upon her pregnancy, Mary of Nazareth walked several days to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist. Elizabeth is said to have greeted Mary with the words, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Mary then broke into a song of joy that we know as Magnificat.

Look elsewhere in this website for a description and schedules of the several holy days of Passiontide and Easter.

Many of our services and activities continue via social media and Zoom, though the church is now open for in person worship on Sundays, 8am and 10am, and Wednesdays, 11am. If you would like to be added to the email list announcing these services and events, you can request such by visiting the Contact Us page.