Taking the Bible seriously? It happens here.
Clergy in The Episcopal Church "believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation." Not everything in the Bible is necessary to salvation, and we don't claim to be literalists — but we take Christianity's sacred text seriously, and believe that its teachings change the world. Read more about the Bible and The Episcopal Church.
Women proclaiming the Gospel? It happens here.
Like the first to proclaim the Resurrection, women have a full, active role in all aspects of church life. The (retired) deacon at St. Joseph-St. John's is a woman, and guest clergy are off and on women. The Episcopal Church has ordained women fully since 1976, with the first woman bishop consecrated in 1979. Read more about the ordination of women.
Living in community, like the Trinity? It happens here.
St. Joseph-St. John is made up of people who are committed to following Jesus together — living in a community. The Christian understanding of God-in-Three-Persons, the Trinity, is a model for Christian community. We profess our faith in the Trinity together each week when we gather for worship. We gather together in community for worship and meals throughout the year. Read more about the Trinity here.
Queer and Christian? It happens here.
At present, both the clergy at St. Joseph-St. John are queer people — and Fr. Joseph is not the first LGBT vicar this congregation has had! Taking the Bible serious, The Episcopal Church has heard the Spirit call it to move for full ordination and marriage rites for LGBT people believing that God is love, and where true love is, God Godself is there. Read more about The Episcopal Church and LGBT life.
Wrestling with questions? It happens here.
We wrestle with big questions here, in community, but we don't always have the answers. Paul admonishes the Church at Philippi to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure." Life is hard, and a life of faith is a challenge. If you are wrestling with questions and need some help, email Fr. Joseph.
Black and white sharing meals? It happens here.
Asian and Latinx eating together too! St. Joseph-St. John is a multicultural, multi-racial community of Christians from Washington and Jamaica, Alabama and India. We believe that in Christ we are one . We sing that "As Christ breaks bread and bids us share, each proud division ends." Whether at the Altar for Communion or in the Hall for coffee hour or community dinner, everyone is welcome at our tables.
Believing that Love is the way? It happens here.
Jesus teaches that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds and that the second is like it: to love our neighbors as ourselves. As Christians we believe that God's love changes us, and through God's love we love our neighbors — which changes the world. Watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Royal Wedding sermon on "Love is the Way."
Preaching Jesus the Christ? It happens here.
"We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ." As we confess our faith in the Trinity weekly, we profess our believe in the Lordship of Jesus who was born fully God and fully human; lived life as a human; died like humans do; and rose from the dead on the third day. At St. Joseph-St. John we preach Christ and him crucified and resurrected. We don't claim to have all the answers about how God saves humanity through Jesus or what the role of the Cross was in its entirety — after all, we aren't God — but we believe in the church's teachings over time. If you want to learn more about Jesus, visit us on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11111 Military Rd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498