What We Believe

What We Believe

Simply put, Church of the Epiphany believes that God loves everyone, without exception. We find this message throughout the Bible. Jesus Christ exemplified and brought to life this unconditional love in his teachings and healings, and through his death. As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek to love and include all people and to serve those in need.

The word Gospel means Good News. The Good News Jesus taught is that God’s presence is near and that we can begin living in that presence now, by loving our neighbor as ourselves and by forgiving those who have wronged us even as we ask for forgiveness for the wrongs we have done. We believe that Jesus came to do the work of God: to restore all beings to full, holy, empowered, and peace-filled relationships with God and with each other.

Christianity is a 2000 year old faith with a rich tradition that is rooted in ancient statements called creeds (meaning I believe). Whenever we worship at Church of the Epiphany, we always say one of the ancient Christian Creeds (found below) as a way of connecting us to our heritage of faith and to the future God holds for us. The Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds, dating back to the 300s C.E., are some of the oldest summaries of our faith in the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Catechism is a commentary on the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds and provides an Outline of the Faith. It is found in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer, which we use to guide our worship.