Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, progressive, inclusive, young adult, singles and family. Come as you are.

Dress up or dress down. You can be yourself here. Whoever you are and wherever you are in your life journey, you are welcome. There are no litmus tests. We don’t want to change you. We want to support you as you grow into the person you were born to be.

We follow Jesus. We don’t all understand Jesus the same way. But Jesus is the personal face of our faith. We don’t have a long list of doctrines and rules. We have a person who leads us through the tangle of life. We don’t claim to know Jesus nearly well enough. In the Episcopal Church, people get to know Jesus better over time.

We build bridges. People call us “the bridge church” because we look for common ground with other churches. We do not claim to be the only right church, but we might be right for you.

We pray together. At home, we each pray in our own special way. Some speak with God spontaneously. Some meditate, practice yoga, or recite prayers of the saints. At Church, we worship and pray together in ways that are thousands of years old and shared around the world. It is ritual, but it isn’t rote. It touches, shapes, and strengthens our souls.

We are hard to label. We are a liberal, progressive church because we are inclusive, we value diversity, we stand for social justice and protecting the environment. We ordain women and welcome the GLBT Community. We are a conservative church because we value old remembered ways and teach the orthodox faith even if we don’t insist that everyone agree.

We are a Catholic Church because we have sacraments, saints, and traditional Catholic worship. We are a Protestant Church because we start with the Bible and respect the right of each person to read the Bible his or her own way. We are an Anglican Church, the only American church which belongs to the worldwide Anglican Communion, but we are decidedly a Nevada Church with a Southwestern pioneer spirit.

We hope you will worship with us soon. We don’t want to sell you anything. We won’t pressure you to join us. But we offer a place for you to explore your beliefs in conversation with others. We welcome families and singles, seniors and young adults, people of different races, sexual orientations, and political convictions.

We offer children’s programs, youth programs, adult programs, and intergenerational programs. We are a welcoming church. If you worship with us, you will probably find some people like yourself and you are sure to find some people who are different.

We discover ourselves in the Episcopal Church while we are discovering each other. Spiritual seekers find home here. Strangers and wayfarers become friends.

Mere Christian – Sermons, etc., from Barry Vaughn

Jesus calls us (J. Barry Vaughn, Jan. 25, 2015)

Today’s readings contrast two different responses to God’s call. In the reading from Mark’s gospel, Jesus addresses two different pairs of fishermen – first, Peter and Andrew, and then, James and John – and says to them: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of people.” And they drop what they are doing and […]

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas (J. Barry Vaughn, Jan. 4, 2015)

Happy new year, everyone! New Year’s day is not on the liturgical calendar, but I want to propose a change to the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church. General Convention will take place in Salt Lake City this summer, and maybe all of us can go up there and petition the Deputies and Bishops to […]

A question and a set of keys (J. Barry Vaughn, Jan. 18, 2015)

When Christ Church Episcopal was built on the corner of Maryland Parkway and St. Louis in 1961, Las Vegas was a very different place. The world was a different place. This was a gracious residential neighborhood. I suspect that the church was seldom, if ever, locked. I know of very few churches today that remain […]

The baptism of Jesus (Rick O’Brien, Jan. 11, 2015)

When I took the General Ordination Exams, there was a particular question that I found to be quite relevant, for in my experience, it gets asked a lot. The question went something like this. “When asked, a member of your church replied, “The trinity? For me that means the Father, incomprehensible, the Son, incomprehensible, the […]

Off the top of my head – We are all French (J. Barry Vaughn, Jan. 9, 2015)

I imagine that most of you are as disturbed by this week’s events in France as I am. I hope we all remember that on the day after 9/11, Le Monde (the leading French newspaper) proclaimed that “We are all Americans. We are all New Yorkers, just as surely as John F. Kennedy declared himself […]