The Episcopal Church and Episcopalians

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion…

…and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity. The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands. The church is sub-divided into geographic groups called dioceses. Church of the Good Shepherd is a part of the Diocese of West Missouri.  We are one of the 49 churches and 10,000 members covering the western half of Missouri whose roots lie in the work of Bishop Jackson Kemper, a missionary who established Episcopal congregations between 1836 and 1845.  Our diocesan congregations vary in their style of worship from Anglo-Catholic liturgy to informal spoken services with praise bands. What they have in common is a commitment to the gospel message and engagement with their local communities.

As Episcopalians…

  • We are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
  • Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.
  • Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.
  • We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
  • Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
  • Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
  • We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
  • We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
  • We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.
  • We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.

All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

Church of the Good Shepherd members and guest are called to:

Come…See…Discover…The joy of being connected to God.  

Our liturgical rites are primarily intended as corporate prayer suggests that the worship of God is an act that we undertake together, as a people.  When we gather for prayer, we become the visible expression of the church as a faith community.  A place where Jesus is the anchor to all, not to give an explanation for the pain and sorrow in the world.  Instead Jesus comes to where pain is, takes it upon himself, then brings healing and hope.  Through his resurrection our faith community says God is the creator of the world, and he’s the father of Jesus.  This is just part of the good news of God.  With God’s grace, together we grow as a community joyfully united in spirit and in Christ’s love.  Whether you’re single, married, single again, with or without children, young or old — no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done — we invite you to experience the Holy Trinity at Good Shepherd.

What you will find here is a positive atmosphere with friendly people who’ll help you find your way around, a message relevant to your daily life, opportunities to grow personally and spiritually, cultural and generational diversity, and sense that you matter to God and to Good Shepherd.

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