In the first century Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement. A community of people whose lives were centered on Jesus Christ and committed to living the way of God's unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. Before they were called "church" or "Christian," this Jesus Movement was simply called "the way."
How can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world? The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path.
"I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge ... that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
8:00 a.m. Worship Service without music
9:00 a.m. Sunday Study Forum
This time is facilitated by a discussion leader, and the topics range from studying the Bible to exploring different book authors, topical study, and viewing a variety of videos.
10:00 a.m. Worship Service with music
WEDNESDAY NOON EUCHARIST
Noon Eucharist is offered each Wednesday at noon, 601 Union St. The Dalles, Oregon
Everyone may participate in singing with the choir. They practice Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. Rule Beasley accompanies the choir.
When we worship, we gather with others before God. Central to our worship is the sharing of bread and the wine, or grape juice, if preferred, each week.
Each week we hear the Good News of Jesus Christ by reading from the Old Testament and New Testament, and by offering our praise to God through reading the book of Psalms together.
The Episcopal Church uses The Book of Common Prayer to guide our worship, where we hear words of wisdom, and share in responsive readings.
We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. We believe Jesus was crucified, died, was buried, and rose again on the third day and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
The Holy Scriptures include the Bible, both the Old and New Testament, and other books, called the Apocrypha.
Holy Baptism is the outward symbol of being a follower of Jesus and becoming a member of the Episcopal Church. We baptize infants so they can share in a common bond with Christ and experience the ongoing renewing of their hearts and minds as they grow into maturity among other believers.
The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, God at work in the world, and in the present church. The Holy Spirit is revealed in the Old and New Testament. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and enables us to grow in the likeness of Christ.
Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by things we do, with or without words. We pray for people and the world. We confess our sins through prayer, and we thank God for all things in our lives. We praise God, and lift our hearts and mind to God.
Communion is a time where we share wine and bread together as a Christian community of believers. We model the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples and commanded future believers to "Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you, do this for the remembrance of me. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."