Anglican Dinstinctives

All SAINTS HOLLAND IS…

…an Anglican Church Community based in the central neighborhoods of Holland. We are a small band of Christians and deeply linked to the work and community of 3sixty.  We endeavor to be a people committed to lives of spiritual formation–lives that overflow into continual and creative goodness and love for neighbor.

Our pattern of prayer and worship is liturgical and incorporates everyone as participants. We actively draw from the best of our ancient faith and we find great strength and comfort praying and worshiping in congruence with millions of other Christians, both globally and historically.

 

ANGLICAN CHRISTIANITY IS…

Biblical:  Centered on the Bible as God’s Word to us, the truth that forms and informs our lives.

Unified:  Connected with Christians the world over for 2000 years that believe in salvation through Christ alone. In this way, Anglicanism is part of a global Christian faith, or, as expressed in the Nicene Creed: “the one holy catholic and apostolic church.”

Historic Rooted in the earliest Christian church; upholding the teaching, prayers, life together and worship of Jesus congruent with the foundation laid by His apostles and the early church.

Sacramental:  Both Baptism and Eucharist (communion) are honored and practiced as biblical and essential means of grace for the church.

Spirit-Filled:  The presence and gifts of the Holy Spirit are joyfully welcomed into our lives and worship.

 

HISTORY

Anglicans trace their Christian roots back to the early Church, and their specifically Anglican identity to the post-Reformation expansion of the Church of England and other Episcopal or Anglican Churches. Historically, there were two main stages in the development and spread of the Communion. Beginning with the 17th century, Anglicanism was established alongside colonization in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. The second stage began in the 18th century when missionaries worked to establish Anglican churches in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Anglicans uphold the catholic and apostolic faith. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Churches are committed to the proclamation of the Good News of the Gospel to the whole creation. In practice this is based on the revelation contained in Holy Scripture and the Catholic creeds, and is interpreted in light of Christian tradition, scholarship, reason and experience.

 

PRACTICE

Central to worship for Anglicans is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, also called the Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper or the Mass. In this offering of prayer and praise, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are recalled through the proclamation of the Word and the celebration of the Sacrament. Other important rites, commonly called sacraments, include confirmation, holy orders (ordination), reconciliation, marriage and anointing of the sick (unction).

Worship and daily prayer are at the very heart of Anglicanism. Its styles vary from simple to elaborate, or even a combination. Until the late 20th century the great uniting text was The Book of Common Prayer, in its various revisions throughout the Communion is fully biblical and was (radically in 1549) written in the language of the people rather than in Latin. It is both a manual for group prayer and worship and private devotion.  Both The Book of Common Prayer and more recent Anglican liturgies give expression to the comprehensiveness found within the Church whose principles reflect that of the via media (middle way) in relation to its own and other Christian Churches.

Another distinguishing feature of the corporate nature of Anglicanism is that it is an interdependent Church, where parishes, dioceses and provinces help each other to achieve by mutual support in terms of financial assistance and the sharing of other resources. To be an Anglican is to be on a journey of faith to God supported by a fellowship of co-believers who are dedicated to finding Him by prayer and service. (Taken from the Church of England web site).

 

LITURGY

Liturgy is not the dusty, deluxe, or heavy-duty version of Christian worship. It is for everyone who is spiritually hungry and seeking training in heartfelt obedience to God and his purpose for our lives. Responding to the grace of God, we worship by participating in ancient Christian prayers and biblical call and response.  We read aloud significant passages of the bible as part of our worship.

Liturgy is biblical and participatory. The word literally means “work of the people“.  If you get off track in liturgy, don’t worry. Just relax and make yourself peacefully present and alert to the Holy Spirit. Allow yourself to be immersed in the community around you—in song, prayers, and God’s Word.

 

BAPTISM

By baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a person is made one with Christ and received into the fellowship of the Church. This sacrament of initiation is open to children as well as to adults.  We celebrate Baptism as a dramatic symbol and sacrament that expresses the grace of God and reliability of His covenant to us. Each baptism is an opportunity for every believer to reaffirm their own baptismal covenant and for the church to declare their commitment to supporting the new members in their discipleship. There really is no more beautiful example of real community than in that of the sacrament of baptism.

 

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation marks the point in a person’s faith journey when they affirm the faith into which they were baptized as a child and their intention to live a life of discipleship to Jesus.  This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by our Bishop. The church also asks God to give them power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in the way of Jesus.

 

HOLY ORDERS

Anglicans embrace the threefold order of ordained ministry that emerged early in the life of the Church.

Bishop: A bishop leads in serving and caring for the people of God and works with them in oversight of the Church. As a chief pastor, a bishop shares with fellow bishops a special responsibility to maintain and further the unity of the Church, to uphold its discipline, and to guard its faith. A bishop promotes the Church’s mission throughout the world. Our bishop is the Rt. Rev. Roger Ames.

Priest: A priest is called by God to work with the bishop and with fellow priests, as servant and shepherd among the people of God to proclaim the Word of the Lord. A priest presides at the celebration of Holy Communion. A priest leads God’s people in prayer and worship, intercedes for them, and teaches and encourages by word and example.  Our Priest is the Rev. (or Father) Brian Wolthuis.

Deacon: A deacon serves the Church of God by working with its members in caring for the poor, the needy, the sick, and all who are in trouble. A deacon assists the priest in leading the worship of the people, especially in the administration of the Holy Communion.  

 

AFFILIATIONS

All Saints Holland is part of a the Diocese of the Great Lakes  (ADGL)  All Saints and the ADGL are part of The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

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