what we believe

Episcopalians believe:

The Holy Scriptures are the revealed word of God, which inspired the human authors of the Scriptures, and are interpreted by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Nicene Creed is the basic statement of our belief about God. It was adopted by the early church founders and is recited every Sunday in Episcopal churches around the world.

The two great sacraments given by Christ to the church are Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. In Baptism we renounce the forces of evil, repent of our sins, and adopt Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In the Holy Eucharist, the center of our worship life, we remember and participate in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ until his coming again.

The complete teachings and beliefs of the Episcopal Church can be found in the "Outline of the Faith" in The Book of Common Prayer.

Why "Episcopal?"

The word "episcopal" refers to administration by bishops. The historic episcopate (bishops) continues the work of the first apostles: 

  • Guarding the faith
  • Promoting unity and the teachings of the Church
  • Ordaining men and women to continue Christ's ministry

An Episcopalian refers to a person who belongs to the Episcopal Church, which includes the United States and 14 other countries. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

At st. mark's

St. Mark's is an open and inclusive Episcopal church.  We are a community of seekers who strive to proclaim the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. St. Mark's is a place of incredible welcome, prayer, and support.

In our baptism service, we promise to love our neighbors as ourselves and uphold the dignity of every human being - everybody, no exceptions. We believe that when someone is hungry, we feed them; when someone is sick, we care for them.  We affirm and bless committed relationships that are lifelong and monogamous, and recognize that divorce happens. We think worship can be about asking tough questions. And, while we believe that God is eternal and forever, we also know that people come to him from different paths. We also believe it is our responsibility to care for the earth.

We believe that God loves you just as you are. Anytime you want to come to St. Mark's to worship, volunteer, learn - you are most welcome!