What Episcopalians Believe

As a church, the people of Saint Andrew continue to grow in our Episcopal identity which incorporates the founding principles of the Episcopal Church which are:

  • We affirm that the Bible, Christian tradition and human reasoning provide the foundation for our beliefs and convictions.
  • We affirm the dignity of every human being and recognize all the blessings of creation.
  • We affirm that the grace and love of God is extended to all.

These three principles are not the only source of defining our beliefs. Every Sunday we recite together the Nicene Creed (below), which we believe reaffirms to us of who we are and who we should be.

The Nicene Creed

(From The Book of Common Prayer [BCP], pages 326 & 358)

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.