What We Believe

We believe…

St. Martin-in-the-Fields is part of the Episcopal Church in North Texas, which is a diocese in the Episcopal Church. We are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

We are a Gospel-centered community, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone.

WORSHIP

Our worship is rooted in the Anglican tradition expressed in The Book of Common Prayer.

Our worship is liturgical (the prayers are written-out), sacramental (they place an important emphasis on the sacraments), and participatory (we worship, sing, and pray together).

All baptized Christians are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper).

BELIEFS

Our beliefs are summed up in the historic statements of faith: The Apostles & Nicene Creeds.

“We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,…
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,…
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life…
             “The Nicene Creed,” Book of Common Prayer (BCP) p. 358

We accept the 66 canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God, “containing all things necessary for salvation.”

We believe that God’s grace is for everyone; so all people are invited to worship God with us, no matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you’ve come from.

 

Are we a Protestant Church? Yes. The word protestant means “to witness for” and reminds us that our church witnesses for Jesus in the world around us. Protestantism is one of the major divisions within Christianity. The Episcopal Church traces its history back to the Protestant Reformation. Unlike many protestant churches, our worship is centered on the Eucharist (Communion), we use wine (not grape juice), and our clergy wear robes and vestments.

 

Are we a Catholic Church? Yes and no. The Episcopal Church is catholic, because it proclaims the whole Faith to all people, to the end of time. The Church is apostolic, because it continues in the teaching and fellowship of the apostles and is sent to carry out Christ’s mission to all people. We’re not Roman Catholic, though you will find many similarities between the Episcopal Church and Roman Catholic Church; our worship services are similar and because the priests and deacons of both faith traditions wear special clothing, called vestments.

You can find out more on the website of the Episcopal Church. Or better yet, contact one of our ministers!

Want to find out about our worship? Read it here.