Anglican Tradition & Worship
The Anglican Christian tradition goes back to the early days of the church, when Augustine of Canterbury brought the gospel to the British Isles. We are a Catholic Church, meaning that we hold to the same Christian faith of the early, undivided church. To be Catholic is not necessarily to be in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, but refers to a holistic vision of God and humanity revealed in Jesus Christ. The gospel is for all people, and for every aspect of our humanity (our bodies, minds, souls, emotions, cultures, etc.). Nothing that makes us human is left out of our salvation in Jesus. To affirm this is a significant aspect of being Catholic.
But the Anglican tradition is also a Reformed Catholic Church, meaning that we have passed through the Protestant Reformation. During the Medieval period distortions and abuses corrupted the church. The Church of England sought to reform itself according to the Scriptures and the beliefs of the earliest church. This leads us to place a high premium on the authority of Scripture, and to work to make it unmistakable that salvation comes to us by grace through faith and in Christ alone.
Finally, we are a charismatic church. We want to be open to and expectant of the Holy Spirit doing extraordinary things in and through and among us. These three streams—the Catholic, the Evangelical, and the Charismatic—all unite within Anglicanism. Nothing that is truly Christian is excluded.
Our worship, which is drawn from the Book of Common Prayer, expresses these identities. Our worship based on some of the most ancient liturgies of the church. Every Sunday we follow the same pattern that countless Christians throughout the centuries and around the world have followed and still follow. Our worship is involves the whole congregation: everyone takes part, and it involves the whole person: body, mind, emotions, etc. The point of Anglican worship is to encounter God, to glorify him, and to be changed by him. We come each Sunday, open to and expecting this to happen.