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.

September

September is a kind of a new year for many of us. School begins after a long summer break. Many churches also see September as the beginning of a new program year, with emphasis on fresh starts all around.

For the Parish of St. John the Baptist, September is especially notable because we are located on the campus of the Oregon Episcopal School. After a year of distanced learning and teaching, the chance to reopen the campus is cause for celebration. Caution is advised, though, with the recent upswing in infections throughout our country, state, and city. In person worship is now offered at 8 and 10am Sundays, and 11am Wednesdays. Online worship is offered several times during the week, as well as at 10am Sundays. 

The church calendar continues a long season known as the Sundays after Pentecost. Pentecost is the great feast of the Holy Spirit that is celebrated fifty days after Easter each year. Its date varies from year to year because Easter’s date varies. The days after Pentecost, sometimes referred to as the season of Pentecost, lasts half of the year from the first Sunday after Pentecost (Trinity Sunday) up until the first Sunday in Advent, four weeks before Christmas.

This season is known in some churches as “ordinary time,” to distinguish this season as a season of reflection and distinct from the other half of the calendar that is based more on the life of Jesus Christ.

Elsewhere in this web page you will find descriptions of our worship and gathering as we look forward to the gradual loosening of restrictions such as social distancing and no gatherings. We are all ready.

Holy days in this month are:

Holy Cross Day. The Roman emporer Constantine, with the urging and assistance of his mother, Helena, excavated the Roman city which lay atop the hill of Calvary where Jesus was crucified. Helena’s team discovered a relic which was thought to be part of the true cross of Jesus’ crucifixion. September 14.

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. Matthew was a tax collector who converted after being in the presence of Jesus. He is the author of the gospel book we know as St. Matthew, the first book listed in the Christian Bible or New Testament. September 21.

St. Michael and All Angels. Angels are messengers from God. Christians often feel themselves to be attended by healthful spirits. Michael is a powerful agent of God who wards off evil from God’s people, and delivers peace to them at the end of this life’s mortal struggle. September 29.

Many of our services and activities continue via social media and Zoom, though the church is now open for in person worship on Sundays. 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.