The Episcopal ChurchWritten by Wayne Whitney on Apr 07, 2013
The Episcopal Church strives 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.
If you visit an Episcopal Church for Sunday worship, you will find it sacramental – almost always celebrating the Eucharist; reverent – treating our worship as the vital act of celebrating God’s love for us; Biblical – reading extensive selections from scripture each Sunday; thoughtful – unpacking those scriptures with an engaging sermon that applies them to real life; and joy-filled – finding deep fulfillment in communion with Christ and one another. If you have experienced another liturgical church, like a Roman Catholic or Lutheran church, you will probably find the service quite familiar. If you are coming from a less liturgical background, or no church background at all, we invite you to experience the beauty and mystery of Episcopal worship.
The Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the churches around the world that trace their roots to the Church of England, and maintain communion with it, hence the name Anglican. The member churches of the Anglican Communion are joined together by choice in love, and have no direct authority over one another. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church of England, is acknowledged as the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, but while respected, the Archbishop does not have direct authority over any Anglican Church outside of England. (Right: a picture of Canterbury Cathedral in England.)
Exploring this website (provided by the national Episcopal Church) may answer some of your questions – or raise additional ones! Click on the highlighted link, and then click on the menu item “What We Believe” to find out more about Episcopalians.
This page can tell you more about what it means to be a Christian.
Visit us at Church of the Nativity to find out more. The best way to learn about the Episcopal Church is to become a part of it. Come and Grow!
For videos and personal stories of some Episcopalians around the country, click here.