Saint Nicholas Episcopal Church exists to abide in Christ and accompany the weak for the sake of the Gospel. In participation with the risen Lord and in partnership with our neighbors, we work to see the beauty of New Creation rise up amid a broken and sinful world through faith in Jesus by feasting on the riches of God, meeting Christ in everyone, sharing in Christ’s sufferings, seeking unity through peace, and practicing resurrection.
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:22-23
Feast on the Riches of God
We believe that in Jesus Christ, God offers the world a new and everlasting life to be seen, tasted, touched, and shared. Together, we strive to commune with God by grace and through faith in common life anchored in the story and promises proclaimed in the Scriptures, made visible in the Sacraments, and prescribed in the liturgies and traditions of the church.
Meet Christ in Everyone
We believe that all people bear the image of God and that in the face of Jesus true humanity is seen and known. Therefore, as Christ welcomes and serves us, we strive to welcome and to serve one another through ministries of mercy and justice that rely on companionship with the lost, the injured, the sick, the oppressed, and the weak.
Share in Christ’s Suffering
We believe that grace comes at a cost and that the church becomes a sign and instrument of God’s cruciform love by patterning its life according to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, we strive to give ourselves wholly to God and to empty ourselves for the good of others through repentance, faith, wisdom, and virtue trusting that in the pursuit of genuine faith and holiness there is an abiding love that endures all things for our sake and brings joy beyond all sorrow.
We believe that Christ longs for the church to be one just has the Lord is one and has given each of us gifts for building one another up into one body, the family of God. Therefore, we strive for peace with one another through ministries of reconciliation and fellowship that invite community, build unity in the church, and establish partnerships with our neighbors.
We believe that the Gospel affects the whole of our life and that fulfilling the ministry to which God has called us will involve our heart, mind, soul, strength, and treasure. Therefore, we strive to invest, create, explore, imagine, and ask for immeasurably more in the Kingdom of God, that God’s power would be perfected in our weakness through an economy of love that makes real the sure and certain hope of resurrection.