Our Heritage

Worship: Our Essence

Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

worship, our essenceThe Westminster divines, in the 17th century, gave us the classic statement of man’s purpose. C.S. Lewis taught us that the two are really one: Our enjoyment of God expresses itself in giving Him glory. (Read more)

worship, our essenceThe beauty of traditional Anglican worship finds expression in our Service of Holy Communion. which we celebrate each Lord’s Day.  We use the Book of Common Prayer of the Reformed Episcopal Church, including the 1928 BCP Holy Communion service.

The Scriptures: Our Authority

scripture, our foundationA pagan man in a marriage that appeared doomed finally relented and went with his Christian wife to a counselor. In one of their sessions he posed a question he was sure would stymie his wife:

“How do you even know who you’ll be married to in heaven?” (Read more)

Sacrament: Our Union

sacrament, our unionA sacrament is the visible representation of an invisible and Divine reality. The world is a sacrament; it reveals its Creator. And in the beginning that Creator declared it “very good.”

God gave Adam all the creation as a sacrament, a representation of His provision for him. (Read more)

Liturgy: Our Pageant

liturgy, our pageant

Liturgy is a Divine foundation and method which allows God’s people to worship the God of order in an orderly way. It lets us enter into His purpose in history of restoring peace and order to a world steeped in sin and chaos. It grants us a foretaste of Glory Divine and sets us as participants in it.

We worship according to liturgy because it takes us into the great depths of our faith traditions, yet carries us up to the heavenly heights where our King sits on His throne. It sweeps us up in the story of God and His creation, and climaxes with His redemption of the creation after its fall into sin

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Prayer: Our Connection

book of common prayerArchbishop Thomas Cranmer had his hands full. It was the middle of the 16th century and the Reformation was shaking the ground in the Christian West. Cranmer was managing warring Roman Catholic and Protestant factions within the English royal family and maneuvering through a treacherous political climate that would turn him into a charred skeleton bound to a stake.

On the theological front, too, he was trying to strike a delicate balance. The question: how to structure a nation’s prayer life? (Read more)