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.

June

The month of June signals many changes in our lives, and in the lives of our schools and our churches. It marks the end of an academic year, and a bit of a breather in preparation for the next school year. As our church is located on the campus of the Oregon Episcopal School, we find that the atmosphere of our church and worship are heavily influenced by the presence of students, faculty, and administrators of the school whom we welcome as close neighbors. The church serves as the chapel for the school, so there is evidence and energy apparent here.

The church calendar enters 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 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:

St. Barnabas the Apostle. Barnabas was a close friend of the apostle Paul. The two of them travelled together to Asia Minor and elsewhere proclaiming the good news of God in Christ. He was a cousin of the author of the gospel of Mark. The Book of Acts describes him as “a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.” Feast day, June 11.

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The cousin of our Lord, John’s mother was Elizabeth who provided great comfort and counsel to Mary, John’s mother. John was the forerunner (the name of our church’s newsletter) and prepared the way for Jesus’ ministry. The feast day is June 24.

Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles. Peter was the rock upon whom the church was built. Paul was the witness, the proclaimer, the one who travelled through much of the then inhabited world. The diverse backgrounds and temperaments of Peter and Paul remind us that in the church, all are welcome.

Many of our services and activities continue via social media and Zoom, though the church is gradually opening. 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.