The Episcopal Church believes in the ancient statement of faith called the Nicene Creed.
We believe that the Bible reveals God to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, lived among us as a human being, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was both fully human and fully divine. He came to us out of the eternal love of God, and through God's love, he offers us resurrection and eternal, abundant life.
Episcopalians believe that God inspired the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We believe the Bible contains all things necessary to salvation -- it reveals to us the great truths God wants us to know, and there are no secrets outside of the Bible that we need to learn for salvation. We believe that Scripture always requires interpretation. God has given us a mind, and wants us to use it, as we work to interpret, understand, and apply the stories in the Bible to our lives in the 21st century.
We believe the overriding message of the Bible is the Good News of God's love for us, of the life, death, and resurrection of God's Son, Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit's promise of eternal and abundant life in Christ.
Because God has loved us, we are also called to love one another. In Christ, we live transformed lives, and the love he gives us allows us to work toward the transformation of this world. We believe that God's will is that this world should become a place of healing, wholeness, and peace.
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Our Mission Statement
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church pledges itself to proclaim the redeeming love of God and the healing of the human spirit through His grace. We shall do this by building up our parish community, dedicating ourselves to the support and development of each individual; by providing an atmosphere of welcome to all; by being faithful to our Anglican heritage; and by showing genuine concern for the needs of others beyond our own community. Loving God, Loving Our Neighbor, Changing The World
Prayer for St. Matthew's
Almighty and ever living God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayer for this parish family. Strengthen us, arouse us, restore us. Grant us all things necessary for our common life within your holy Church.
Direct us in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name.
Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your straight path we may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.