Information for Prospective Members
We know there are many texts available online that explains what the Episcopal Church is and what it believes in, but so much of it can be dry and difficult for any layperson (read: regular person) to understand. Heck, even some of us who attend church find “church-speak” difficult to understand sometimes! So you’re not alone. We hope some of the information provided here will help answer your questions more clearly and give you food for thought. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us. The members of St. Luke’s welcome the chance to share about our church and faith.
The Episcopal Church:
- Welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ!
- Believes in the Holy Trinity: God the Father; Jesus Christ, the Son of God; and the Holy Spirit. This is evidenced by our weekly recitation of the Nicene Creed.
- Believes in baptism to be renewed with God and enter into His Church (or family). We believe any baptized Christian may receive Holy Communion, a shared “meal” in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Utilizes the Bible as our scriptural foundation. Lessons for each service are taken from the Old and New Testaments, and the sermon is usually based on one of the weekly lessons. It’s our hope that members leave each service finding the lesson relevant to their own personal lives.
- Uses the Book of Common Prayer to direct our “liturgy” or sacramental rites. We also incorporate songs of praise during worship. At St. Luke’s, we use a combination of traditional hymnals and contemporary Christian music.
- Includes Sunday morning exercise – also known as “pew aerobics” – during worship services (in other words, we do a lot of standing, sitting and kneeling, as well as walking down the aisle during the Passing of the Peace).
- Is united through our worship, the Bible, Book of Common Prayer, Nicene Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. No matter what Episcopal Church you attend, you will find these common characteristics.
- Believes in spiritual growth. We are not perfect, and we will always need God’s presence in our lives. St. Luke’s provides several opportunities beyond worship service to guide our members’ spiritual growth, including Adult Bible Study, Sunday School, and ministry organizations.
- Has presence in 109 dioceses and three regional areas in 17 nations. St. Luke’s is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. The Episcopal Church’s mission, as stated in the Book of Common Prayer’s catechism, is to “restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”
- Is part of the Anglican Church, or simply put, the Church of England.
If you would like to learn more about what Episcopalians believe in, or more about the church in general, please feel free to contact us. You may also find the official Episcopal Church website useful. If you’re ready to join, please complete the new member form and return it to our office or mail it to: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 444 Brightfield Trail, Manchester, MO 63021.