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What We Believe

As Episcopalians, we at Emmanuel Episcopal Church believe in a Trinitarian God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) who created us, redeems us, and never lets us go. This means that God is the source of all life, that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven and our lives brought into closer union with God. It also means that God's love is present in the world and with us always. 

We believe in the church as the body of Christ, one that is holy, universal, and apostolic, continuing the teaching of Jesus through the apostles to this day. The Nicene Creed and the Apostles' Creed, found in the Book of Common Prayer and often recited in our liturgy, outline our beliefs. 

More specific explanations of the beliefs of Episcopalians can be found in the Catechism (outline of faith) in the Book of Common Prayer.


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