Our beliefs are grounded in the Holy Scriptures and historic Creeds of the Church.
We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the Word of God because God inspired their human authors and because God still speaks to us through the Bible. We understand their meaning by the help of the Holy Spirit, who guides the Church in the true interpretation of the Scriptures. (Book of Common Prayer pg.853)
The Spirit guided the Church in the formation of the Historic Creeds, statements of what Christians believe. The following is the Nicene Creed we recite each Sunday:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets. And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church; I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Want to know more? Our Catechism can be found online here:
St. Stephen's is part of the Episcopal Church which is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. "Episcopal" means we are governed by Bishops, who can trace their Ordinations back through other Bishops to the Apostles and to Jesus. "Anglican" means connected to the Church of England which traces its origin to the English Reformation. More importantly, however, our Church predates the Reformation back through history to the Church founded by Jesus Christ to which we are connected by our historic faith and bishops.
Locally we're part of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas under Bp. Sumner, and part of the Episcopal Church under Presiding Bishop Curry, and part of the Anglican Communion headed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in communion with Bishops around the world.
Our mission in Sherman is to grow in our love of God and unite all people with God through Jesus Christ.
We accomplish that through worshipping God who is reveled in Scripture, through being disciples of Jesus Christ the Son of God, through outreach in proclaiming the Gospel to all peoples, and through fellowship in love for one another.
Our Logo and Motto
Our logo is made of several symbolic elements that communicate who we are:
1- The White Cross: The Cross has been a Christian symbol for close to 2000 years, as it was on such a cross that Jesus died for the sins of the world. White is the color of purity for by the Cross of Christ we are washed and made clean from our sins and brokenness.
2- The Red Doors: Red Doors mean "sanctuary". You'll find the entrance to our Sanctuary has red doors which can be seen prominently from outside. By this you know that inside you can find peace with God and a place of prayer and protection.
3- The Golden Stole: The sash looking object is a "Stole" which is the Vestment worn by Deacons. St. Stephen is considered to be of the first Deacons as recorded in the Book of Acts chapter six. Deacons are above all servants, as we are called by Christ to be servants to each other and the world.
4- Our Motto: "To be Full of Faith and the Holy Spirit" is the way the Scriptures describe St. Stephen in Acts 6:5. Like Stephen we seek to be disciples of Jesus in being faithful to his calling and guided by the Spirit to fulfill our mission to grow in our love of God and unite all people with God through Jesus Christ.