Beliefs & Worship
The Episcopal Church is a “wide tent” denomination, and even in our small congregation, you will encounter a diversity of theological, social, political, and world views. We believe our diversity of perspectives makes our congregation stronger, which is grounded in our commitments to worship and carrying our faith into all aspects of our lives.
Gathering with others on Sundays for common worship to praise God, learn from scriptures, pray for each other and the world, and participate in communion allows us to live into the Episcopal philosophy of “praying shapes believing”.
When disagreements arise, it is the Baptismal Covenant that grounds all of us. When we stand together as a community and say the Baptismal Covenant, there is a collective understanding that we are Christians in a community that support each other as we live out our lives of faith. It is the core of how we make decisions and interact with the world.
We will not tell you what to believe, or even pretend to have all the answers to your faith questions. We do believe we all have more to learn about God, ourselves, and our world. When we walk alongside each other as we explore how scripture, tradition, and reason can guide us, individually and collectively, it is easier to discern what God is calling us to be and do.
Sunday Worship at the Church & via Livestream at 10 am
Every time we come together on Sunday, whether it is in-person or online, we give thanks to God for the new life given to us in Jesus' resurrection. Through the Eucharstic feast we are nourished and strengthened for the week ahead. Worship is a reflection of the Easter Celebration, the celebration of the resurrection. Worship …Read More »
Music at a service at Little Fork Episcopal reflects the intergenerational nature of our congregation. As music director, a typical service I program includes a mixture of Gospel, Traditional Hymns, Contemporary Christian music for congregational singing.Read More »
Baptism, along with the Eucharist, are the foundational sacraments in the Episcopal Church. Baptism marks a transformational shift in an individual's life, away from the bonds of fear and shame and into a life of extraordinary grace in community offered by Christ in and the Church.
Candidates for baptism are presented by other baptized members of the church who promise to mentor …Read More »
Funerals in the Episcopal Church
The Rite of the Burial of the Dead serves two purposes in the Episcopal Church. First, it is primarily an Easter liturgy. Like Christ on the morning of his Resurrection, our loved one has entered into a full Communion of divine love and a complete experience of God's grace in a way not possible on Earth. The funeral rites celebrate this momentous…Read More »
Weddings in the Episcopal Church
Like all sacraments in the Episcopal Church, marriage is an outward symbol and marking of the inward grace God has bestowed by bringing two people together for their benefit, the benefit of their family (including, sometimes, their children), the benefit of their church and community, and the benefit of the world. While the ritual centers on the …Read More »
For Episcopalians, what is the connection between a parish church, diocese, national church, and Anglican communion?
The Episcopal Church contains and resides in a variety of structures. The smallest is the parish church, led by a rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge.
Numerous parish churches in a geographical region make up a diocese, which is governed by a bishop. The bishop i…Read More »