What We Believe

The Baptismal Convenant

Celebrant:

Do you believe in God the Father?

People:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant:

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People:

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant:

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People:

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Celebrant:

Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People:

I will  with God's help.

Celebrant:

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People:

I will  with God's help.

Celebrant:

Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People:

I will  with God's help.

Celebrant:

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People:

I will  with God's help.

Celebrant:

Celebrant:

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People:

I will  with God's help.

(Book of Common Prayer, pp.304-305

The Bible


"Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 236).


It is our foundation, understood through tradition and reason, containing all things necessary for salvation. Our worship is filled with Scripture from beginning to end.


Approved Translations of the Bible:


  • The Episcopal Church has authorized the use of the following translations of the Bible:
  • King James or Authorized Version (the historic Bible of The Episcopal Church)
  • English Revision (1881)
  • American Revision (1901)
  • Revised Standard Version (1952)
  • Jerusalem Bible (1966)
  • New English Bible with the Apocrypha (1970)
  • Good News Bible / Today's English Version (1976)
  • New American Bible (1970)
  • Revised Standard Version, an Ecumenical Edition (1973)
  • New International Version (1978)
  • New Jerusalem Bible (1987)
  • Revised English BibNew le (1989)
  • New Revised Standard Version (1990)
  • Common English Bible (2012)