What we believe
The mission of the Church (all churches, including the Episcopal Church)
is to reconcile all people to God and to one another in Christ Jesus.
To carry out that mission, Saint Elizabeth Church strives to serve and bless the community with service, worship, and teaching that support the transformation of lives into radiant witnesses of joy and gratitude for the great gifts God gives each of us.
Our Story of Faith.
We believe that God created the world and everything in it, including human beings. We believe that God endowed people with memory, reason, and skill, and gave us the responsibility of taking care of the earth. We believe that people, left to our own devices, inevitably fall short of our God-given potential and predictably cause pain to ourselves, to other people, and to God.
We believe that God loved us so much that God could not stand to keep watching us self-destruct, and so he sent his Son, Jesus, to teach, heal, and ultimately to save us. We believe that Jesus was fully human and fully divine. He willingly went to death on a Roman torture device, the cross, because he loved us and would not abandon his mission just to save himself. We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, and then brought him into the full presence of God.
We believe that God sent the Holy Spirit to us as a comforter and sustainer who helps guide us into the dreams of God. We believe that Jesus will return as God ushers in a new creation, of which we will be a part. We believe that the Church represents the ongoing work and blessing of Jesus in our world, and that all believers are bound together in love through prayer and through commitment to Jesus.
We believe that God calls us to bring all people into an awareness of his love and power. We believe that part of our work in this life is to transform the environments in which we live into communities of peace, forgiveness, and generosity – models of heaven on earth.
Our sources of authority for these extraordinary claims are Scripture, tradition, and reason.
Scripture is the word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Old Testament recounts the story of God's love for the world from Creation until the time of Jesus. The New Testament contains Jesus' teachings, the accounts of his life as told by his followers, and the beginning of the early Christian church. Scripture is the ground of our faith and is read in public worship services and daily devotions.
Tradition is the embodiment of our experience as Christians throughout the centuries, shaped by the Bible, historic creeds, sacraments, and the ministry carried out by Christ's disciples. Tradition is expressed with many voices, including worship styles, languages, cultures, architecture, and music. Our tradition encourages this diversity. We seek to value each person's life and story, and invite each person to share in our Christian community.
We believe that our God-given ability to think critically and take responsibility for our actions is a vital part of our Christian faith. Reason, as a complement to scripture and tradition, leads us to seek answers to our own questions. Human reason is set in the context of our relationship with God, and God's call to us to live full and healthy lives. We experience God's love and our spiritual journey in the context of community - both within the church and in the world-at-large. Our daily living experience also shapes our questions, and nurtures our quest for a closer relationship with God and Jesus Christ.