Located on College Street in Sulphur Springs, Texas, St. Philip’s is a church mission of the Episcopal Church, in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. We are a church that confesses and proclaims the Risen Christ and God’s unconditional grace, love, and forgiveness for all. Click here for a map and how to find us.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church was founded in 1878, as a local Episcopal mission. We constructed our first church building in 1895–which is now the chapel for Heritage Park, located in Sulphur Springs, Texas. The beautiful stained glass windows incorporated into our current facility, as well as most of the interior woodwork are from the original building. Our new building opened its doors for church services in 1991. Read more by clicking here.
The Prayer For Saint Philip’s
Gracious and everlasting God,
hear our prayer for this church family.
Fill our hearts and minds with your vision for us.
Let us be a house of prayer for all people.
With your help, we can heal the broken,
reconcile the discontented, and celebrate with the joyful.
Enable us to provide a place where all who come
will hear your Word and receive your Holy Sacraments.
We pray that with your Holy Spirit to guide us,
we are given the commitment and the zeal to bring it to pass.
Through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
This prayer is said by the congregation each Sunday.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church gets it’s name from, Philip the Apostle, who was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. In tradition, St. Philip is always listed fifth among the apostles (Reference: Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:14 and Acts 1:13).
It is said in some traditions that St. Philip was martyred by crucifixion or by the spear, or bound to a cross and stoned to death. St. Philip’s traditional feast day is May 1, shared with St. James, also know as, James the Just. This date marks the anniversary of the dedication of the church dedicated to them in Rome.
Symbols assigned to St. Philip include: the cross with the two loaves (because of his answer to the Lord in John 6:7). The shield you see to the left, and throughout the website, represent the symbols of our patron saint. You can read more about St. Philip by clicking here.
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Our Church Origins
The Episcopal Church is a community of Christians who trace our beginnings to English settlers who arrived in America and founded Church of England Congregations. The Protestant Episcopal Church was organized after the War of Independence. Samuel Seabury, our first bishop of America, was consecrated by bishops in Scotland in 1784. In 1789, the General Convention adopted a constitution, canons, and a revised Book of Common Prayer.
In 1821, the Episcopal Church was incorporated under its current title: The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. This name itself tends to reflect the great importance of the English missionary societies that were so crucial to the founding, spread and strengthening of the Church in these lands.
In keeping with the “missionary society” roots of the church, a significant portion of the National Church’s budge is devoted to the support of domestic and foreign missions. In addition, there is an increased need to provide educational and informational materials of many types.
From The Vestry Resource Guide, a publication of The Cornerstone Project, a ministry of The Episcopal Church Foundation © (c) copyright 1997
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The Episcopal Church: Main Website.
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Our Diocese Website: Episcopal Diocese of Dallas