Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS:
That God is still speaking and is present in all things in our lives.
We change, our lives change, the world changes. The one constant we have in our lives is that God is with us in all things. We don’t always feel God’s presence, but faith is trusting in things not seen. And when we doubt, that is honored too. As a community, we create space for people to be honest about their joys, their sorrows, and their doubts. Oftentimes, it is a faith which has doubted and questioned which is the strongest. And if you never doubt, you are welcome too. All are welcome, the doubter, the seeker and the faithful!
In the Power of Scripture
The Episcopal Church takes reading the Bible very seriously. Approximately 70% of the Book of Common Prayer comes directly from the Bible, and Episcopalians read more Holy Scripture in Sunday worship than almost any other denomination in Christianity.
In the Importance of Tradition
We are part of a living faith which spans thousands of years. We value the wisdom and devotion of all those who have preceded us in faith. Our Book of Common Prayer is not only full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer. There are many voices of those who precede us in faith, which help us to be faithful today.
In the Gift of Reason
Each of us, with God’s help and the gift of Scripture and Tradition, come to faith in our own way. The gift of Reason allows us to do this. Reason helps us to answer our questions and grow spiritually. We honor the gift of science in our faith and take seriously the challenge to be faithful to our tradition while open to new revelations in our world.
In the Value of Community
From the earliest days, the followers of “The Way” knew growing in the life of Christ means being in intentional community. Jesus modeled this in his gathering of disciples. Jesus was always challenging the cultural norms by inviting with those who were scorned to be a part of his community.
In Faith in Action
Worship, prayer, and community are central to who we are at Holy Spirit. And we believe that we are called to be the hearts, hands, and feet of Christ here in our patch of God’s good creation. Outreach is a central and growing emphasis for us a gathered body.
In Worship as an Experience of the Soul, the Heart, the Head, and the Entire Body
Episcopalians find that worship is enhanced by creating a beautiful worshipful space–we light candles and carry torches to remind us of light go Christ. There is a purpose for how we use our bodies in prayer. We lift with our voices in prayer and and praise in word and song; we stand in exultation and offering of ourselves, sit in the service of listening, kneel in supplication, and bow in reverence to the sacrifice that Christ made for us.
In the Sacraments and Sacramental Living
As it states on the Episcopal Church Website
“Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 857).
- Confirmation (the adult affirmation of our baptismal vows), pp. 413-419, Book of Common Prayer
- Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession), pp. 447-452, Book of Common Prayer
- Matrimony (Christian marriage), pp. 422-438, Book of Common Prayer
- Orders (ordination to deacon, priest, or bishop), pp. 510-555, Book of Common Prayer
- Unction (anointing with oil those who are sick or dying) pp. 453-467, Book of Common Prayer