Our Beliefs

People are often surprised and wonder: "How does it work for 2 churches from different denominations to share a pastor?"  The reality is that both Episcopalians and Lutherans have a lot more in common than we do differences.  For more, check out the 1999 "Called to Common Mission," a national agreement that paved the way for our local collaboration here in Three Rivers.

So what do we have in common?

For one, we believe in the Holy Trinity, that there is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We believe in the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ who gives his life for the world.  Jesus is God-made-flesh, truly God, truly human.  His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension save us freely as a gift without any prior merit necessary on our part.  Lutherans and Episcopalians both subscribe to the traditional creeds of the Church: Nicene, Apostles', Athanasian

We also believe in sacraments "external signs of inward grace."  Sacraments give us Christ and his saving word and promises in physical form, whether that be the waters of baptism or his body and blood in the Eucharist. 

If you have any questions, please contact Pr. James who would love to discuss them with you.  In both churches, the best way to find out what we believe is to join us for worship: try both and compare! (8:30 at Trinity, 10:30 at St. John's)

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