Sunday Worship Overview
Worship at Faith Anglican provides a weekly encounter with the living God through Scripture, Spirit, and Sacrament: biblical and relevant, joyful and reverent, warm and engaging. Both Sunday worship services draw upon the Book of Common Prayer and include Holy Communion. The 8:10 a.m. service is more traditional while the 10:30 a.m. service is more contemporary. Our order of worship (the liturgy, Latin for "the work of the people") includes readings from Holy Scripture, a biblical sermon, a quiet time for prayer and confession, Holy Communion, and songs of worship. At Faith Anglican we combine traditional hymns with modern worship choruses, what has become known as "ancient-future" worship.
The Importance of the Bible
Anglican worship centers around preaching and teaching of God’s Word as found in Holy Scripture. Each service contains readings by the congregation from the Old Testament, Psalms and New Testament as well as a reading from one of the Gospels. We highly value biblical preaching and teaching with a focus on the Scriptures.
The Bible is also taught in Sunday School, weekday Bible studies, Youth Crew, Children’s Worship, and AWANA (for children).
The Importance of Prayer and Confession
Anglican worship also emphasizes prayer during the service. The Prayers of the People are led by a layperson and focus on praying for the church, the nation, the needs of the congregation and others. Then the focus shifts to confession of sins as we prepare our hearts for the Lord’s Supper. During the Communion time, trained prayer ministers are available to pray with you.
The Importance of Holy Communion (Eucharist or the Lord's Supper)
Taking Communion is an important part of Anglican worship. As the Body of Chirst, we come together as a Christian community. Through the Lord's Supper, we partake of Jesus' body and blood.
St. Paul wrote, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ? The bread we break, is it not a participation in the Body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body for we all partake of the one bread.” (1 Corinthians 10:16)
Anglicans come together around the Lord’s Table to participate not only in remembering Jesus death on the cross but also to participate in His everlasting life. Jesus said, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you; but he eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:53)
In the action of partaking of the bread and the cup, we are partaking of the life of Christ. Jesus found it important enough to be one of the last things he taught his disciples to do. Continuing in Johns’ Gospel, Jesus said, “for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him.” (John 6:54)
Anglican worship emphasizes the importance of this life-giving sacrament. All baptized Christians are welcome to come forward to receive Communion.
The Church Year
The seasons of the Church Year guide us through a yearly remembrance of the important aspects of the faith, giving us a balanced biblical view of God and how He would have us to live.
SEASON THEME COLOR
Advent Coming of Jesus Christ (1st and 2nd) Blue / Purple
Christmas Incarnation of Jesus White / Gold
Epiphany Revealing of Christ to the Gentiles/Evangelism Green
Lent Repentance/Preparation for Baptism/Confirmation Purple
Easter Resurrection and New Life in Christ White / Gold
Pentecost Coming of the Holy Spirit Red
Ordinary Times Various Themes Green
C. S. Lewis, a 20th century Anglican author, once said, “People like variety, but they also like things to stay the same.” The Church Seasons and the Lectionary Bible readings give us variety, but at the same time, consistency.