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What to Expect

Worship lies at the heart of Christian life and faith. In worship, we express our faith through: preaching, praying, singing, and the sacraments. It is through encountering God within worship that we are formed, and transformed, as God’s people.

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Our worship is in accordance with the REC Book of Common Prayer. Written by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the BCP is a liturgical manual that Anglicans use in worship. The REC edition is based upon the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, incorporating selected aspects of subsequent revisions, including the American Book of Common Prayer 1928 and the 1963 edition of the Book of Common Prayer according to the use of the Reformed Episcopal Church.  

The Prayer Book can be accessed as a PDF

The Book of Common Prayer

Children's Church

At Christ’s Chapel Anglican Church, we wholeheartedly affirm that children are a blessing from the Lord, and are delighted to welcome them into our service. For this reason, every noise they make is a joyful noise unto the Lord in our ears. Please know that your little ones are welcome, wiggles and all!

Additionally, we are committed to training the children that God has given our church and handing down the Faith that we have received.  Children, ages 1 to 8, will join together with a teacher and an assistant to practice the Children’s Catechism, memorize scripture, engage with a Bible story, and complete a related craft.

The Children's Catechism can be found here.

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Arrival

As you walk into the church you will notice an atmosphere of reverence. You may feel led to kneel for a few moments of silent prayer to prepare the heart, mind, and will for worship.

 

During Service

In general, we stand to sing, sit to listen, and kneel to pray. You may notice that some people make the sign of the cross and bow at various times of the service. These are simply the various ways that we incorporate our whole body as we express our faith. 

 

Do not let any of this make you feel uncomfortable. The Anglican practice is: All may, some do, but no one must.

The Preaching

At Christ’s Chapel, we believe in the absolute authority and relevance of the Christian Scriptures. We believe the Bible to be the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of the true and living God, and our only rule of faith and practice. Our sermons are grounded in biblical truth, seeking to nourish the hearts and minds of our congregation with the timeless wisdom found in God's Word. Through expository sermons that carefully unpack the meanings of the Scriptures, we encounter the gospel of Jesus Christ in every text. 

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Holy Communion

Central to our Eucharistic theology is the belief in the real presence of Christ in the consecrated elements of bread and wine. As we partake in this sacred meal, we affirm our unity with Christ and with one another, experiencing the mystery of the Incarnation in the simple elements of the Eucharist.

In accordance with the principles of the Reformation, we offer Holy Communion in both kinds to all baptized Christians, who are in good standing with their church, regardless of their tradition. 

It's our practice to receive Holy Communion from the common cup. However, intinction is also available by request.

After Service

Once the service has concluded, please plan on staying a few minutes to meet our congregation and leadership. We would love to learn your name and learn a bit more about you. Every six weeks we have a meal in the fellowship hall and you are always more than welcome to join us!

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If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.

C.S. Lewis

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