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.

January

Barely lengthening days, dropping temperatures. Covid-19 pandemic continues and threatens to worsen. . 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.

Christmas is a season, not merely a day. Christmastide is a 12 day time of gathering with friends (remotely) and celebrating a new calendar year. Christmas ends on the day of Epiphany, January 6.

January 1 is not only New Year’s Day but in the church it is the Holy Name of Our Lord. Mary was instructed by the angel Gabriel to name the child Jesus, or Joshua, meaning savior.

January 6 is the Epiphany of our Lord. The word means “manifestation.” Its heroes are the magi, or wise men who travelled from eastern Asia to worship the newborn child.

The first Sunday after the Epiphany we mark as the Baptism of our L0rd by his cousin, John the Baptist. We may have one or more baptisms at worship that day.

January is rounded out by the Confession of St Peter (18th) and the Conversion of St Paul (25th). It’s a time of prayer for unity of all Christians regardless of denominational membership.

As you hear so often these days, be well, be safe, find ways and activities that feed your body, soul, and spirit. We gather at 10am on Sundays, and several times during the week for morning, evening, and night time prayers. We hope to see you through electronic media.

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 by visiting the Contact Us page.