Who we are: The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, with 70 million members in 163 countries. We are a community of Christians bound together by our beliefs that Holy Scripture contains the very core of all Christian faith. Through the many ancient, as well as modern, stories that connect us to Jesus and his teachings, we discover daily God's hope and call to us in our live together.
We live out these core beliefs through:
- Worships and church programs
- Reaching out to the community
- Sharing our story with others
- Seeking Gods love together in study and prayer
- Giving of our means and talents to the greater purpose of God's work
In worship, we are united, acknowledging the holiness of God, to hear God's word, to offer prayer and to celebrate God's presence among us.
All are welcome to participate in our worship because it is in worship that we live out our life as a Christian family together. Scripture is the foundation of our worship. The service follows an order found in our worship book called the Book of Common Prayer, two-thirds of which is scriptural. Every worship service includes the reading of Holy Scripture from the Old and New testaments. Many of our prayers and hymns are filled with Scripture.
The Book of Common Prayer includes a variety of ancient and modern prayers and worship services for occasions when the whole community gathers for occasions when the whole community gathers or for individual use. The Book of Common Prayer allows everyone to participate, reminding us that each person is an important part of the worship experience, whether the service is a celebration or a solemn occasion. It is a guidebook for daily Christian living. Music, both traditional and contemporary, is an integral part of uniting our prayers and Scripture.
Celebrating God's Presence
In our worship service, we celebrate God with us through water, bread and wine.
Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us through water we are united with God. We call this Baptism. The Episcopal Church believes through baptism in any Christian denomination we become brothers and sisters in God's family.
Jesus shared bread and wine with his first followers and is with us today in this family meal we call Holy Communion. Through it we receive the forgiveness of our sins and a strengthening of our union with God and on another as we remember Christ's life, death and Resurrection. Any baptized person is welcome and encouraged to share n this meal.
We believe there is one God who creates all things, redeems us from sin and death and renews us as the Children of God. As Episcopalians we promise to follow Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. We believe the mission of our church is restoration of all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
From Episcopal Diocese of Texas outreach materials.