The Episcopal Church strives to live by the message of Christ, in which there are no outcasts and all are welcome. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be, as followers of Christ.
St. Paul's Parish is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Central NY whose Bishop is The Rt. Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe, first woman Bishop for the Diocese. There are approximately 97 faith communities within this Diocese that extends between the Canadian and Pennsylvanian borders, east to Utica and west to Seneca Falls.
Our 27th Presiding Bishop for the Episcopal Church in the US is The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry. He is chief pastor to the Episcopal Church's 2.4 million members in sixteen countries and 110 dioceses. The Episcopal Church is a member of the anglican Communion, headed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. Justin Welby. The Anglican Communion is made up of around 77 million members in 44 regional and national churches around the globe in 164 countries.
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Our traditional worship services are taken from the Book of Common Prayer and Enriching Our Worship Supplemental Liturgy Resources.
Our music is from the 1982 Hymnal, Lift Every Voice and Sing, and Wonder, Love and Praise.
At intervals throughout the year, we offer worship opportunities for Holy Day observance or to meet the more specific needs of our congregation.
Participating in Church
Parishioners may volunteer to minister in various capacities during church services. These are ways in which we use our gifts and talents to proclaim the Word of God:
Eucharistic Ministers (Chalice Bearers)
Eucharistic Visitors (to Hospitals & Homes)
Youth Services - the children and young adults participate in the lessons, prayers, ushering and other aspects of the liturgy.
Occasional Services - Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Ascension Day, All Saints Day, The Epiphany ~~ with Holy Eucharist Christmas Eve ~~ Festive Holy Eucharist with music Advent and Lenten Quiet Days ~~ for directed meditation, prayer and study Holy Week ~~ Lenten Stations of the Cross, Stations of the Cross for Children, Maundy Thursday liturgy, Good Friday worship