The Creeds are statements of our basic beliefs about God.
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 851).
We will always have questions, but in the two foundational statements of faith — the Apostles’ Creed used at baptism, and the Nicene Creed used at communion – we join Christians throughout the ages in affirming our faith in the one God who created us, redeemed us, and sanctifies us.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen
We are a sacramental Christian community bound together by our common worship, prayer, study, fellowship and service in Christ’s name.
No matter where you are on your faith journey, St. Luke’s is a safe place to share your joys and sorrows, your questions and doubts, your gifts and your needs.
The Episcopal Church stands on three legs:
Scripture, Tradition and Reason
SCRIPTURE: We take the Bible very seriously, though not literally. We believe it is the divinely inspired written account of God’s revelation to the world. It is book of truth, alive and relevant for us in our daily lives.
TRADITION: We believe that Holy Scripture must be interpreted through the lens of the collective Christian wisdom — the Church — down through the ages. Truth is best discerned in community, so we believe that coming together regularly to worship, study and pray is the best way to discover the truth about God and the teachings of Jesus.
REASON: We think that our intellect and ability to reason is a God-given gift. We do not check our brains at the door of the church. Rather, we wrestle with our knowledge of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, seeking answers, as we love one another.