What to expect
We meet at The Greencroft Club just off Ivy Road about 1/2 mile East of the Village of Ivy. As Anglicans go, we are pretty informal. But you will come away knowing you've been with a faithful Christian community of believers. Our manner of worship has its roots in the earliest years of the Church - some of our prayers originated out of the words of Jesus and his Apostles.
Anglicans are really into history; probably because our predecessors have so much history over the centuries. Some say our history goes back to Henry VIII. But the argument truly can be made that the history of Anglicanism is rooted in the whole history of Judeo-Christianity.
This passage illustrates the point:
"Now when they heard this, They were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, say, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
"Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved."
This description from The Acts of the Apostles 2:37-47 gives us some insights into what the Early Church looked like and some insight into the ‘whys’ of the rapid spread and receptivity of the Gospel. “Back to the future!” was a very popular motion picture of years past but the title is quite revealing for the Church of the Resurrection. We are a Church of Christian unity proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. As we devote ourselves to the teaching and preaching of the Word of God (Apostles’ teaching), and to real fellowship, and to Communion with Him and one another, and to prayer, God will add to our number. As we concentrate on the priorities noted in this passage, there will be a sense of ‘holy awe.’ There will be praising of God, having favor with all people and God will add to our community of faith lives transformed by the power of the Gospel!!
Please let us know how we can greet you in this troubled world of ours. The ball is in your court...