"Jesus said, 'I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.'" Luke 6:27-28 (ESV)
Welcome to St. James' Episcopal Church
We are a biblically orthodox parish within the Mesilla Valley of southern New Mexico. Consider being
part of our church family. Find a truly Christian congregation at St. James'. Each Sunday, listen to a
sermon based on the Gospel as it was given to us. Join a socioeconomically diverse congregation in
fellowship, Bible study and healing prayer. Participate in various community outreach and church
sponsored programs. Spreading the true Word of God is our mission. Our loving and kind
congregationtakes pride in the rich history of St. James' Church. In unity, we remain true to
Christian values and beliefs as we look forward to growth and stewardship of our faith.
Historically, the center of Episcopalian teaching is the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The basic teachings of the church, or catechism, include: Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God. He died and was resurrected from the dead. Jesus provides the way of eternal life for those who believe. The Old and New Testaments of the Bible were written by people "under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit". The Apocrypha are additional books that are used in Christian worship, but not for the formation of doctrine. We believe that the two great and necessary sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. Other sacramental rites are confirmation, ordination, marriage, reconciliation of a penitent, and unction. Belief in heaven, hell, and Jesus's return in glory. The Episcopal Church follows the via media or "middle way" between Protestant and Roman Catholic doctrine and practices: that is both Catholic and reformed. The Episcopal Church traces its history from the Church of England and stresses its continuity with the early universal Western church. The church is a member of the Anglican Communion and looks to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Council of Bishops for guidance and decisions regarding doctrine.
St. James' Episcopal Church, Las Cruces, New Mexico