Our Commitment


This statement was affirmed by the unanimous consensus of our vestry on October 19, 2006:


Our Purpose:

  • To provide a place to worship God
  • To learn to know Jesus Christ as Savior
  • To be strengthened in this knowledge by the power of the Holy Spirit
  • To be nourished by Word and Sacraments
  • To grow in this faith as a Christian Community
  • To reach out to others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Our Beliefs:

  • Jesus Christ is "The Way, The Truth, and The Life"
  • The Christian Faith as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, summarized in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, and affirmed in the classic Anglican formularies, is true
  • While different situations may call for different emphases or applications of the Gospel, The Christian Faith and its moral law are constant and binding in all ages and among all peoples
  • The Holy Scriptures are best learned and practiced in the context of Christian worship, fellowship, and service

Our Commitment:

  • To recognize that "we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God," to refrain from judging others, and to actively and respectfully help each other grow in Christ
  • To uplift Jesus Christ in all we do, and to work with all people of good will to make the world a better place
  • To unashamedly proclaim Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, and to help others come to know him
  • To wrestle honestly with difficult issues when they arise, and to embrace civil and rational discourse as an opportunity for individual growth in Jesus Christ
  • To seek to listen and understand those with whom we may be in disagreement, and to try to express ourselves in a way that is constructive that builds up the faith of other people
  • To refrain from following any policy which runs ahead of the consensus of the Anglican Communion or that of the broader Christian World

Affirmed Unanimously by Our Vestry on October 19, 2006:


To Our Brothers and Sisters In the Anglican Communion,


In all humility, we offer to you the following commitment.

  • We commit ourselves to work for the unity of the Church, as well as for the integrity and vitality of our own parish and that of the Anglican Communion as a whole.
  • We wish to continue as a full constituent member of the Anglican Communion and to offer a faithful and dynamic witness within the Episcopal Church.
  • We confess Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life- the faith that is uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures, set forth in the catholic Creeds, and to which the historic Anglican formularies bear witness.
  • We are committed to the conciliar character of our Communion.
  • We call upon all Episcopalians and Anglicans to affirm the Windsor Report and to use it to heal the breaches within our own Communion and in our Ecumenical relationships. We also support the recommendation of the Windsor Report, as supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury, that we work to develop an Anglican Covenant.
  • We believe the Windsor Report should be understood within the larger framework of Anglican teaching, as expressed, not least, in successive Lambeth Conferences.
  • It is our hope and prayer that through our fellowship we can contribute to the renewal of our parish and the eventual reunion of all those churches claiming a common Anglican heritage.

For the People of St. Johns',

Bill Pursley†
Former Rector

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