OUR BELIEFS… about God?
We believe that God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – who made everything, and to whom it all belongs, calls everyone everywhere to share fully in his life as forgiven, redeemed, restored, and sanctified people. We believe that he has made this possible by becoming man in Jesus Christ, who is the sole way of entry into that life and that Jesus gives his Holy Spirit to those who believe in him and are baptized so that, sharing his life, they may become holy as he is holy.
… about the Bible?
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God written, that it contains all things necessary to salvation, that it is the standard against which all teaching is measured, that it is consistent within itself and must be so interpreted, and that it testifies to the role and identity of Jesus Christ in both Testaments.
… about the Church?
We believe that the Church is the steward of the Bible, not its master. It is the mystical body of Christ and the family of God, in which the Word is rightly preached and the Sacraments are rightly administered. It is both a school for saints and a hospital for sinners. We believe that there is and can be only one Church, and that co-operating in good-faith efforts to bring about her visible unity is a solemn Christian obligation.
… about the Sacraments?
We believe that God has chosen to act through things we can see, feel, taste, touch, and smell to bring about results that can transform us in the invisible cores of our lives. We believe that if we are faithful and penitent he surely and certainly acts through them to cleanse, heal, and feed us spiritually. Of course, God doesn’t need the Sacraments, but we do. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the principal, though not the only, Sacraments
… about marriage?
We believe that by God’s express design marriage is to be a lifelong sacramental union of one man and one woman for the single three-fold purpose of (a) mutual fellowship, (b) the procreation and nurture of children (if God wills it), and (c) the safeguarding and benefit of society. We believe that both married and single persons are called to chastity, which means exclusive sexual fidelity to one’s spouse if they are married and exclusive sexual fidelity to God (abstinence) if they are single.
… about life issues?
This congregation, and indeed the entire Traditional Anglican Communion, is a pro-life Church. We believe that human life, from the moment of conception until natural death, is a gift of God and can justly be taken only by God or by those agencies and in those circumstances that are agreeable to his Word. We therefore encourage and expect all our members to use all lawful means at their disposal, including their ballot, to promote a culture of life.
Now, about your Worship…
Why do you kneel?
Because God gave us bodies, as well as souls, and said it was very good. We use our bodies to worship him because doing so gives an outward form to our inward reverence. And it works the other way, too: Our outward posture helps to form our inward attitude.
Our public worship is a dramatic presentation. We see the congregation not as an audience, but as a part of the cast, and the Prayer Book liturgy as the script. The play has some “stage directions” that are easy for anyone to learn: If we are physically able, we stand for praise and to show respect, we sit for instruction, and we kneel for prayer – and when in doubt, we do as everyone else does.
Why do you use that old Prayer Book?
Because it still works. The classic Anglican common prayer tradition is unparalleled in its combination of sound biblical teaching, intimate address to God, and profound reverence.
May I receive Communion?
The discipline of our Church requires that in order to receive this sacrament, you (1) must have been baptized with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, (2) should have been confirmed by a bishop in the succession of the apostles, or be ready and willing to be confirmed, and (3) must repent of your sins, be in love and charity with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life, in keeping with God’s design set forth in his commandments.
When a person receives Holy Communion, he is making a public statement that all of the above conditions are present. In other words, when you kneel before God’s Altar, you are confessing before God and His Church that you are in agreement with God’s way of looking at things, which is what the Church exists to teach. In order to be able to do that honestly, you have to know what it is that the Church teaches.
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