The Episcopal Church recognizes that each person's relationship with God is unique and personal and we are very careful to honor and celebrate that uniqueness. In common with other Christians throughout the world, Episcopalians hold certain basic beliefs about God and the nature of creation that are summarized in the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.
Episcopalians also believe that the Bible is God's Word to us. The Bible is vital and relevant to our daily life today because God still speaks to us through scripture with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Bible readings and sermons based on those readings are a central component of our worship.
Each Sunday, we gather around the Lord’s Table (or altar) for the celebration of Holy Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, or Communion. Known by many names, this central sacrament and ritual of our faith is a means of God’s grace to us. In it, we experience healing and forgiveness. By it, we are strengthened and renewed to be instruments of God’s work in this world. In the longstanding tradition of St. Mary’s, all are welcome at the Lord’s table.
To those who are not yet baptized, we invite you into an exploration of re-birth, renewal, and spiritual reawakening that is at the heart of the baptismal experience. Holy baptism, whether of a child or an adult, is our saying “yes!” to God, and our initiation into our life in a community centered in Jesus. In it, we turn to God and walk in the way of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit of God in each of us.