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.

April

April finds us moving from the church season of Lent, into the short season of Passiontide and the short time of Triduum (three days), and on to the great observance of Easter, whose season begins in the early hours of Easter Day, and culminates fifty days later on the feast of Pentecost.

Mature Christians know that those who intend to enter into the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ will also walk with Jesus. This walk begins with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Holy Week offers an opportunity for prayer and meditation on the events that lead up to Jesus’ crucifixion for the crime of treason against the Roman occupation of Palestine.

Maundy Thursday recalls the last supper, when Jesus ate a meal with his apostles and gave to the church the sacrament of Eucharist, or holy communion.

Good Friday recalls the execution of Jesus at the direction of Pilate, the Roman governor of the area, with the urging of the local council of religious leaders who thought that Jesus was misleading the people away from their rule of law and punishment.

Easter is the great feast of the Christian Church, celebrating Jesus’ rising from the dead. We recover the great shout of Alleluia! The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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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