ABOUT EMMANUEL

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28

 

We believe that God loves everyone; no exceptions!  As such, we are an inclusive community that welcomes people regardless of economic status, sexual and gender orientation, race, ethnicity etc.  

 

We are guided by the core values expressed in our Baptismal Covenant.  This means that we are to not only believe the concepts embodied in the Baptismal Covenant, but we are to become what we believe. 

 

We are grounded in sacramental worship, and we strive to live lives that honor the dignity of every human, that seek to see Christ in all persons, that work for more just and peaceful communities, that seeks reconciliation with God and other, that shares the Good News, that acknowledge our sinful ways and return to God for forgiveness.

 

Baptismal Covenant, BCP 304

Celebrant     Do you believe in God the Father?

People          I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                         creator of heaven and earth.

 

Celebrant   Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People         I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
                     He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
                         and born of the Virgin Mary.
                     He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
                         was crucified, died, and was buried.
                     He descended to the dead.
                     On the third day he rose again.
                     He ascended into heaven,
                         and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
                     He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

 

Celebrant    Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People         I believe in the Holy Spirit,
                         the holy catholic Church,
                         the communion of saints,
                         the forgiveness of sins,
                         the resurrection of the body,
                         and the life everlasting.

 

Celebrant     Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and 
                       fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?

People           I will, with God's help.

Celebrant     Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever
                       you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People           I will, with God's help.

Celebrant     Will you proclaim by word and example the Good
                       News of God in Christ?

People           I will, with God's help.

Celebrant     Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving
                       your neighbor as yourself?

People           I will, with God's help.

Celebrant     Will you strive for justice and peace among all
                       people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People           I will, with God's help.