St. Paul’s is part of The Episcopal Church. We believe in and seek to live by the message of Jesus Christ, and we believe that God’s love knows no outcasts. We are a liturgical church, meaning that we follow ancient forms of worship according to the Book of Common Prayer. We are a sacramental church, meaning that we believe that there are “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.”
Our worship and religious education and practice encourage us to engage in thoughtful reflection and insights about what God’s call means to each of us, as followers of Christ.
Each Sunday, the congregation recites the Nicene Creed, an ancient formula of belief that sums up the teaching of the Church. One of the wonderful things about being an Episcopalian is that we believe it is okay to struggle with our faith, and that on those Sundays when we ourselves have a hard time professing our belief in one tenet of the Creed or another, the rest of the congregation is there to support us, or as is often said, to believe it for us.
We encourage you to further explore our beliefs at the Visitor’s Center of the Episcopal Church. If you visit us here at St. Paul’s, you will also find in the Book of Common Prayer a short catechism that briefly explores the central tenets of our faith.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.