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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • 800 North A St.
    Richmond, Indiana 47374
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Worship

Our Worship

The Episcopal Church is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, tracing our life and tradition back to Jesus Christ and the first apostles. We are:

Catholic - holding to the essentials of the Catholic faith
                         -  Holy Scripture
                         -  the creeds
                         -  the sacraments
                         -  the ministry of lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons

Protestant - believing that the Holy Spirit continues to guide us and is reforming the church, the Body of Christ on earth.

Through scripture, reason and tradition we seek to find, experience and share the Lord of Life.  Believing that ALL persons share the worth that comes from being unique individuals, created in the image of God, NO ONE is excluded from our fellowship or Our Lord's table.

 

 

 

 

Our Beliefs

 

As Christians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

As Episcopalians, we strive to live by the message of Christ, in which there are no outcasts and all are welcome.  Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions we are a sacramental and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be as followers of Christ.

 

The Episcopal Church is primarily located in the United States although it has members in 12 countries.  The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.

 

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.  We believe in the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.  We consider the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God

 

Our worship retains ancient structure and traditions, with contemporary sensibilities as well.  Our worship is celebrated in many languages.  Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

 

We welcome men and women, married or celibate, gay or straight, to engage in the ministry of the Church, which belongs first and foremost to those baptized.  We also welcome all persons to enter discernment for ordained ministry as bishops, priests, and deacons.

 

We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.  We are not called to agree with each other.  But, we ARE called to go forth together in love and service to others.

 

(Getting to Know Us from Go Forth Magazine Winter 2011 Vol. 2 Issue 2)

Statement of Affirmation and Welcome
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