St. Pauls Episcopal Church St. Pauls Episcopal Church
200 Riverside Avenue
Riverside, Connecticut 06878
Phone: 203-637-2447
Email info@stpaulsriverside.org

Selected Recent Sermons
(To read the Scripture on which sermons are based, go here and click on the link on the date of the sermon. In the summer and fall, we use Track 1.)

Nov 13th Alon White
Oct 16th Alon White
Oct 9th Alon White
Oct 2nd Mike Watson
Sept. 11 Alon White
August 14 Alon White
August 7 Alon White
July 31 Michael Watson
July 17 Alon White
July10 Alon White
July 27 Lee Ann Tolzmann Farewell Sermon
July 12 Tim Hodapp
June 21 Lee Ann Tolzmann
June 14 Lee Ann Tolzmann
June 7 Hal Roark
May 31 Hal Roark
May 24 Lee Ann Tolzmann
May 17 Hal Roark
May 10 Lee Ann Tolzmann
May 3 Hal Roark
April 26 Lee Ann Tolzmann
April 12 Hal Roark
Easter Lee Ann Tolzmann
Palm Sunday Hal Roark
March 22 Lee Ann Tolzmann
March 15 Hal Roark
March 8 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Feb. 22 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Feb. 1 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Jan. 25 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Jan. 18 Hal Roark
Jan. 11 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Jan. 4 Hal Roark
Christmas Lee Ann Tolzmann
Dec. 21 Hal Roark
Longest Night L.A. Tolzmann
Dec. 14 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Nov. 30 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Nov. 16 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Nov.9 Hal Roark
Nov. 2 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Ken Rogozinski on Stewardship 2014
Oct. 19 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Oct. 12 Hal Roark
Oct. 5 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Sept. 28 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Sept. 7 Lee Ann Tolzmann
August 24 Lee Ann Tolzmann
August 17 Lee Ann Tolzmann
Aug. 10 Lee Ann Tolzmann
August 3 Lee Ann Tolzmann
May 11 Hal Roark
May 4 Hal Roark
April 27, 2014 Hal Roark
Easter Lee Ann Tolzmann
Palm Sunday Lee Ann Tolzmann
March 30 Lee Ann Tolzmann
March 23 Lee Ann Tolzmann
March 16 Hal Roark
March 9 Lee Ann Tolzmann
March 2 Hal Roark
February 23 Lee Ann Tolzmann
February 16 Hal Roark
February 9 Hal Roark
February 2 L.A. Tolzmann
St. Paul address L.A. Tolzmann
Jan. 19 Hal Roark
Jan. 12 Lee Ann Tolzmann


What We Believe

What is the Episcopal Church?
 
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH is the American branch of the Anglican Communion. The Anglican Communion is an inheritor of 2000 years of catholic and apostolic tradition dating from Christ himself, rooted in the Church of England. When the Church of England spread throughout the British Empire, sister churches sprang up. These churches, while autonomous in their governance, are bound together by tradition, Scripture, and the inheritance they have received from the Church of England. They together make up the Anglican Communion, a body headed spiritually by the Archbishop of Canterbury and having some 80 million members, making it the second largest Christian body in the Western world.

The Episcopal Church came into existence as an independent denomination after the American Revolution. Today it has between two and three million members in the United States, Mexico, and Central America, all of which are under jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Bishops in the American Episcopal Church are elected by individual dioceses and are consecrated into the Apostolic Succession, considered to witness to an unbroken line of Church leadership beginning with the Apostles themselves.
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For more than two decades the American Episcopal Church has ordained women to the priesthood. In 1988 the Diocese of Massachusetts elected the first Anglican woman bishop, Barbara Harris.  The current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female primate in the Anglican Communion. More recently, particularly since the 2003 consecration of Gene Robinson as the first openly homosexual bishop, the role of homosexuals in the church has been an issue for some.

Although it subscribes to the historic Creeds (the Nicene Creed and the Apostles' Creed), considers the Bible to be divinely inspired, and holds the Eucharist or Lord's Supper to be the central act of Christian worship, the Episcopal Church grants great latitude in interpretation of doctrine. It tends to stress less the confession of particular beliefs than the use of the Book of Common Prayer in public worship. This book, first published in the sixteenth century, even in its revisions, stands today as a major source of unity for Anglicans around the world.
 
The Church of England has always valued the life of the mind and dialogue with fields of secular study. Isaac Newton was an Anglican clergyman and theologian as were several of the founders of the Royal Society, the earliest institution organized for the promotion of science. The Episcopal Church maintains this tradition, routinely requiring its clergy to hold university as well as seminary degrees and supporting many university chaplains.
 
Click here for a more detailed description of the Episcopal Church.

Click here to visit the web site of The Episcopal Church.

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