We, the family of St. Philip’s, being an urban parish of diverse background, ethnicity and generations; because of our love of Jesus Christ, are called to:
- worship and exalt His Name
- be servants of Him
- spread His Gospel, and
- edify His brothers and sisters.
Our mission flows from the mission statement of His own ministry:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…” (Isaiah 61:1-2)
St. Philip, Deacon and Evangelist
one of the seven ordained by the apostles, died 1st c.
Feast day: October 11
All we know of Philip is what we are told in Acts 6:5; 8:4-8, 8:26-40. He was one of the seven chosen to assist the apostles. He was the first to preach in Samaria, where he converted Simon Magus and then a eunuch who was chief treasurer of the Queen of Ethiopia on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. Philip preached in the coastal cities on the way to his home at Caesarea, and twenty-four years later, Paul stayed at his home in Caesarea, where he still lived with his four unmarried daughters. A Greek tradition has him become bishop of Tralles in Lydia. He was so successful in his preaching that he was sometimes surnamed “the Evangelist,” which has sometimes caused him to be confused with Philip the Apostle.
“Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture,
he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.”
– Acts 8: 35 (NRSV)