“Building Community in the Spirit of Jesus”

Saint Matthias is a theologically aware, caring, life-changing community of faith, inspired by the person, the presence, and the teaching of Jesus, our Savior.

Saint Matthias is a church where the teaching of the Bible inspires a second look at the world around us.

All are welcome here.

Generally Speaking

Saint Matthias parish is part of the 80-million strong worldwide Anglican Communion. Specifically, we are a parish in the The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and part of the  Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA). Saint Matthias stands in the mainstream of the Episcopal tradition.

We seek to follow the age-old call of Jesus – “Come, follow me” – in a way that makes sense in the modern world.

We are an inclusive community. We welcome all whom God calls through our doors and seek to help them grow in their discipleship of Jesus Christ. We are a Biblical church. We are a sacramental church. We are a church that takes seriously the insights of modern science and learning. We seek to follow the age-old call of Jesus– ”Come, follow me” –in a way that makes sense in the modern world.

Specifically

  • As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
  • The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide   Anglican Communion   and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
  • Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages throughout the world.
  • We welcome men and women to be ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons.
  • 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 just members of the Episcopal Church.
  • We are informed by the witness and words of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
  • Episcopalians 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.
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