The Christian Faith
The Episcopal Church is one whose roots date back to the very beginning of Christianity, being the daughter church of the Church of England. The word "Episcopal" is a Greek word meaning, "Bishop," for we are a church which has always had Bishops to provide leadership and pastoral care. On the local level, ordained ministers are Priests and Deacons.
As to our beliefs, the Nicene Creed (established in 325 A.D.) is central to our understanding of God's nature as revealed to us in the persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is God the Father who creates all that is, Jesus Christ who redeems us from sin and death, and the Holy Spirit who sanctifies and empowers our ministry of love and service to God and one another. The Holy Eucharist (Greek for "thanksgiving") is our service of worship for Sundays and weekdays, our heartfelt response to God's revelation and his continued love for all humankind. More information on our beliefs can be found at here.
The Holy Bible is our primary source of doctrine. We also believe that in order to interpret God's Word authoritatively we need the wisdom of generations past - our tradition as well as the gift of the Holy Spirit, our ability to reason.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church is a parish in the Diocese of Oklahoma: the Right Reverend Edward Konieczny being our Diocesan Bishop. The Dioceses of Oklahoma is part of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America, one of 29 major provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion (70 million members).
Our Doctrine of Faith (The Nicene Creed)
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father;
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God.
Begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and our salvation he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.