Our Episcopal faith believes that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the salvation of humanity and was resurrected three days later, promising the resurrection of all Christians after they die. We follow the Nicene Creed, which confirms the belief in the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We also believe in the sacraments of Holy Communion and baptism, similar to those found in the Catholic Church. The Bible is the word of God and Episcopalians use it extensively in religious services, as we do with the Book of Common Prayer, viewed as a unifying statement of faith.
Episcopalians are called to be deeply traditional, steeped in ancient liturgy and music. This is not to say that tradition and progress don’t go hand in hand. Our worship varies in style and outward appearance, according to the needs of the local community. But the basic format and structure of our liturgy are the same everywhere, essentially offered by Christians for the last two thousand years.
We at St. Cornelius' Episcopal Church are called to genuine hospitality, a place for deep and lasting friendships. We are called to be transformational, valuing diversity and inclusiveness. Women and men serve in all leadership capacities, from bishops and priests to deacons, wardens, and Sunday School teachers. Lay people and clergy are called to be leaders in their congregations regardless of race, sexual identity, or orientation. This is a defining characteristic of our church. Not only do we welcome a wide range of theological ideas and thoughts, but we also accept and welcome all people without any discrimination for any reason.
Our church is a community, our faith a living faith. The only way to know what we believe is to come and see for yourself. We invite you to worship with us, pray with us, and sing with us at the table of the Lord.