From the Desk of Father Ken Lewis:
When the Reformation occurred in Germany and later England, the reformers did not desire to create something new, but to correct errors and abuses that had become common place in the Church, in the body of Christ. Anglicanism is a child of the Reformation; however it strives to be connected to the one holy, catholic (small “c”) and apostolic Church. I was attracted to Anglicanism because of theology. It seemed to me that so much of Protestantism had lost its sense of the unity and integrity of the one Church founded upon the apostles and prophets with Jesus the cornerstone.
Here are some reasons that I am an Anglican:
- Anglicans believe in the Bible and in salvation by grace through faith. We believe the Old and New Testaments are the written word of God, and contain all things necessary to salvation. When worship comes from the Book of Common Prayer, our worship is filled with Holy Scripture, not new, nor hastily created each week, nor innovative, but focused on the Bible and the “faith once delivered to the saints.”
- Anglican’s worship in Spirit and truth. Our worship strives to reflect the dignity of the uncreated, ever living, holy God who is creator and the author of our faith. The worship from the Book of Common Prayer emphasizes the holiness and worthiness of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Anglican worship seeks to bring humans to Christ, not bring God to our level.
- Anglicanism is about Jesus Christ. The focus of our worship throughout the year is about the incarnation, birth, baptism, temptation, life, miracles, suffering, death, resurrection, ascension, out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, and the immanent return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Anglicans are covenantal. We celebrate the New Covenant in His blood by celebrating the Sacraments instituted by Christ; Baptism and Holy Communion. We commune weekly as was the pattern of the earliest Christians.
- We are Three Stream. Grace Anglican Church seeks to be Evangelical (Proclaiming the Word for the salvation of souls), Liturgical (Worship that is true to the pattern of the Church throughout history) and Charismatic (open to the move and genuine gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit.)