About the Episcopal Church

Emmanuel Episcopal Church is part of the larger Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. The word “Episcopal” is from the Greek work “Episcopos,” which means “Bishops.” Bishops oversee the Episcopal Church and our Bishop, The Right Reverend Douglas Hahn, is the Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington. The Diocese is part of The Episcopal Church, a hierarchically governed faith organization with members in the United States, as well as many foreign countries. Our regional grouping of churches, the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, covers roughly the eastern half of Kentucky. We are all, in turn, a member of the Anglican Communion which includes over 70 million Christians worldwide with the mother church being the Church of England.

The basis of our life as a church is found in the Gospel of St. John; “for God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” The basis is always love. The worship, life, and ministry of Emmanuel are based on a response to love. God loves all of creation. At Emmanuel, we express that love with forgiveness to the penitent, hope to the hopeless, acceptance, friendship, and a welcome to all.

We are a biblical and sacramental church. Our public worship consists of the liturgy of the Word which emphasizes the study and preaching of scripture and the liturgy of the table where we recognize our need for renewal from Christ sharing in the sacrament of Holy Communion. We call our worship the Holy Eucharist through which we participate in giving thanks and offering ourselves to God. We also receive comfort and strength at our Lord’s Table so that we might live for him the rest of the week.