We love God.
We love our neighbors.
We love one another.
We love God:
- Together as a parish family in a rich buffet of opportunities for worship, prayer, and Bible study -- adjusting the menu as the needs and numbers of people determine;
- Individually in the quietness of our own hearts through personal prayer, Bible study, and living our faith daily in our own homes, at school and work, and in our community.
We love our neighbors by serving people in our community and beyond in ever-widening circles, meeting their needs AND inviting them to come be part of God’s family.
We love one another in casual friendships and deliberate small groups to equip, encourage, and care for each other.
Our worship together is:
- Healthily Varied. We offer 4 distinct worship services every Sunday so that there's something for everyone.
- 8:00am is very traditional Episcopal with hymns, vestments, and candles in the Church.
- 9:30am is blended with the music about half traditional and half contemporary along with vestments and candles in the Church.
- 11:00 is all-contemporary with a worship band (keyboard, drums, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and singers), no vestments, and in the parish hall.
- 7:00pm is very casual and mostly contemporary with a hymn or two.
- Richly Sacramental. We follow the outline for worship Christians have used for 2,000 years: baptizing children and adults and celebrating Holy Communion every Sunday. We observe the liturgical year (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and the Season after Pentecost) and encounter God and access his power through the 7 historic Sacraments: Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession), Unction (anointing with oil for healing), and Ordination.
- Biblically Faithful. Every Sunday we read 4 lessons from the Bible (one from the Old Testament, a Psalm, a selection from Acts or a New Testament letter, and a reading from one of the 4 Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and hear a sermon explaining one or more of those lessons and how it applies to real life. The lessons come from the Revised Common Lectionary, which is a plan of reading that exposes us to most of the Bible in a 3-year cycle.
- Joyously Holy Spirit-guided and Filled. In our 4 different services, we sing music ranging from ancient chant to traditional hymns to the most current contemporary worship songs. We build silence into parts of the service to give each of us an opportunity to hear the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit. And we give the Spirit room to breathe life into the ancient outline of worship we follow.
- And User Friendly. Many of us came to this parish family from other worship traditions -- or no tradition at all -- so we understand how intimidating it can be to go to a new church for the first time. We want you to participate as fully as you'd like, so we give you page numbers and stage directions of when to stand, sit, or kneel. The primary goal of our worship together is always "to encounter God," not "to do things correctly." Relax. Listen. Enjoy. And Enter in.
Our deepest desire
is to love God, our neighbors, and one another, yet we recognize, even with those goals, we may not be the right church for EVERYONE.
- If someone wants a church that is spiritually comforting and emotionally supportive without also challenging and encouraging people to change and grow in their own faith into all God created them to be, then this may not be the place for that person.
- If someone feels the church exists primarily for the benefit of her members and is not interested in helping hungry and hurting people outside the church, or inviting them into the church, this may not be the place for that person.
- If someone prefers privacy over friendship and would rather not be involved in people’s lives, and doesn’t want others involved in his/her life, this may not be the place for that person.