Gospel & Tradition
As an Anglican church, we desire to recognize the amazing work of the Holy Spirit in the church throughout the ages, and see that the Spirit-inspired practices that Christians developed in the past still have the power to form us into a Gospel-shaped community of faithful Christ followers. Thus our worship style draws from the deep well of Christian worship practice down through the ages, including the present.
This is a living tradition, not a dead one. The goal is not to merely mimic past expressions of faith, the goal is to learn from them and not abandon the rich and deep catalogue of practices that can help us learn and live the gospel with all of our minds, hearts, and bodies.
From the present emphasis on cultural relevance, to the Reformers' emphasis on gospel preaching and congregational singing, to the church of the Middle Ages' reverence and awe, to the Patristic church's concern for credal orthodoxy, down to the Pauline churches' balance of order and spontaneity, you'll find influence from every era of Christian worship reflected in our services.
By worship we don't just mean music, in the Anglican tradition, worship includes the entire service. Everything we do, from preaching, to praying, to singing, to communion, is worship.
Anglican worship and liturgy are all about formation. We find that the way worship is structured is deeply formative for our spiritual lives.
Here are a few features of our service that might stand out to you:
Liturgy of the word
Our service follows a particular order of service called a liturgy. This gives us a stable, yet flexible format that guides our minds and prepares our hearts to enter God's presence and hear his Word. Our liturgy includes Scripture reading, traditional Christian prayers, unscripted prayers, hymns and spiritual songs.
Communion Every Sunday
The second major feature of our service is the prominence we give to the Lord's Table. Communion is a place for us to hear and experience the gospel. God meets us at the table; we encounter Christ in the power of the Spirit, and we experience the power of his healing and cleansing sacrifice for us on the cross.
The Anglican tradition has long recognized the fact that communication goes far beyond words. In any church, whether they embrace art and symbolism or not, images, gestures, clothing, and other non-verbal elements communicate and reinforce the community's beliefs.
We see this non-verbal level of communication as formative to our walk with Christ. So we carefully (but not rigidly) include traditional and contemporary Christian art and symbol in our service – such as robes and vestments, kneeling and bowing, and beautiful altar and liturgical elements.