What we Do - Moving Through the Life of the Church
"Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble." (BCP p298) This is an important milestone in the life of a Christian and should not be taken lightly. Arrangements for Baptism can be made by contacting Fr. Paul in the Church Office.
"The Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another, but rather it is a Sacrament of our Redemption by Christ’s
death: insomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith, receive the same, the Bread which we break is a partaking of the Body of Christ; and likewise the Cup of Blessing is a partaking of the Blood of Christ." (BCP 873). All Baptized Christians are welcome to receive communion in the Episcopal church.
Sin is a reality in every Person's life whether Christian or not. (1 John 1:8) Sin is a barrier and burden to our relationship with God and each other that Christ redeemed on the Cross 2000 years ago. As we repent of sin in our lives, the rite of Reconciliation allows us to be reminded of Christ's redemption and hear the words of absolution. Please contact Father Paul to make an appointment.
"Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church it is required that one, at least, of the parties must be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church." (BCP 422). Please contact Fr. Paul if you would like to make arrangements to be married at St. Paul's.
While all Christians are called to Christ's ministry in one form or another, the Episcopal church recognizes three orders of ordained ministry: bishop, priest, and deacon. The decision to become a member of the clergy should not be made lightly. Ordination follows years of study and discernment. If you feel God is leading you to an ordained ministry, please make an appointment with Fr. Paul to discuss it.
"Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15) Holy Unction is the anointing of oil and prayer over those who are sick. If you are in need of Holy Unction, please contact the church office.
"The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised." BCP 507
If you would like to make funeral arrangements or have your ashes interred in our Garden of the Cross, please contact Fr. Paul for an appointment.