Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another, do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. Romans 12:9-13.

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, teaches us how to be Christians, our Patron Saint, Paul, and the Apostles teach us how to be a church. We, in the Episcopal Church, believe that the church is not a building or even an institution, but the people of God. Jesus taught us to love one another as he loved us by washing the feet of his disciples the night before he was crucified. In doing so, he showed us that Christian love is shown in how we treat each other, how we come together in worship, and in fellowship. We celebrate together. We mourn together. We give thanks for each other.