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Our Parish Profile 2019

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit

Our parish is more than just a building with a nave, narthex, and community hall. We are a loving, diverse, and growing community of believers. We live our lives filled with hope, energy, and determination to fulfill our mission to be the Body of Christ on Earth as we strive to honor the two great commandments: Love God and Love Each Other.

The Holy Spirit Family is welcoming to all, inclusive in our beliefs, empowered by our faith, and grounded by Scripture, the Book of Common Prayer, the love of our Liturgy, and our identity as faithful Episcopalians.

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit is calling for a rector that is not afraid to lead or afraid to be led. We will depend on our new rector to help us focus our hope and energy to live up to the Vision, Mission, and Values as described in this parish profile. In return, the Holy Spirit Family will never give our new rector reason to regret this very important decision.

We invite you to learn more about our parish and join with us as we move forward in faith!

In Christ’s Love,

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit Search Committee

Deep Gratitude from Father Bill

Anne and I are most grateful for the wonderful sendoff you gave us December 30, 2018. The food, as always, was amazing and the fellowship, as always, was warm and fun. The paperweight with the image from the parish banner is lovely and is on my desk in my study. I’ll remember with fondness my time as your interim rector each time I see it. Know that we will miss you and think of you often. You are in our prayers and in our hearts.

I’m excited about the folks who will be supplying on Sundays over the next few months. Marti Holmes is the Archdeacon for Diocese of Alabama. She works with Bishop Sloan to coordinate the activities of the deacons of the diocese. Thomas Joyner is the Episcopal Campus Chaplain for UAB, Birmingham-Southern, and Samford. He is my successor in that ministry and, as I tell people all of the time, I couldn’t be happier about that if I’d picked him myself. Katie Rengers imagined and created an innovative way of being the church when she founded The Abbey, a coffee shop and worshiping community in Avondale. Stephen McWhorter, who’s retired now, founded a parish with a handful of families that grew into a large parish. These are interesting people who’ve done and/or doing important ministry. In addition to worshiping with them and one another you can learn a bit more about what’s going on in the diocese.

Blessings, prayers, and love sent your way always. Father Bill

Welcome!

We invite you to soak in God’s light amongst good company.  Community is very important to us at Holy Spirit.  We enjoy a vibrant parish social life with barbecues, family game nights, bunko, occasional Sunday brunches together, among other activities.

We take seriously Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you” and care for one another by providing practical, emotional, and spiritual support for each other in times of need (and times of joy-like the birth or adoption of a child).

Of course, community extends beyond those with whom we worship. For us, Outreach is love in action.  Food scarcity is a primary area of concern and we address that with our Beans and Rice Ministry.  We are currently pursuing partnerships with schools and other agencies to assist with providing food during the weekends and holidays for children who traditionally receive free or reduced meals at school.

All are always welcome at any of our events!

You can also click to join our Facebook Board page. This is an active page where members and guest can share thoughts, prayers, articles, and what’s going on at Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

We believe…

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).

Besides baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the church recognizes other spiritual markers in our journey of faith. These include:
These help us to be a sacramental people, seeing God always at work around us.