At Christ the King we worship God in heart, mind and spirit. We turn our hearts to Christ in remembrance of His redeeming love, we turn our minds to God because He is the Truth and the Light of our salvation, and we beseech the Holy Spirit to guide us in our daily lives, knowing that in His way lies all human happiness.
Traditional Anglican worship found in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer offers a means to pray rightly to God. As the foundation of worship in community, it has united Anglicans in prayer and practice in England and around the Anglican Communion since 1549. For centuries the beauty of holiness found in this worship has converted millions of people throughout the world to Anglicanism. The Book of Common Prayer together with the Bible has changed the world. There are 85 million Anglicans throughout the world today, many of whom still use the Book of Common Prayer, translated into their native tongues.
In 1549, when Christians in England affirmed that there was need for common worship in the language spoken by the people, the Church revised medieval liturgies and passed down a tradition of worship which dated back to the early Church. The antiquity of our worship is unquestioned. The liturgy of the Word and the Holy Sacrament (Holy Communion) is at the center of Sunday worship. Daily prayer is commended throughout the week, and the practice of charity towards our neighbors is commanded. Therefore, an Anglican is a Reformed Catholic Christian – one who holds to the Evangelical Faith and Catholic Order of the Church received through the centuries, expressed by the Church of England in her Common Prayer supplemented by the teachings found in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion at the back of the prayer book.
Anglican worship is evangelical because it proclaims the whole Gospel. The Gospel, as prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New, is the Good News of God’s merciful salvation and redemption through Jesus Christ our Lord. Our worship, it has been truthfully said, is nothing other than the Gospel fitted for worship. As we are Christians, and the Bible is our means to know our Lord, it would seem that the most fitting way to worship Him is to address him in the words he gave us to know Him. The Book of Common Prayer is thus a means to pray the Bible, and its use deepens our life in Christ who is the beginning and end of all things, the creator of the world and its redeemer.
As Reformed Catholic Christians, we affirm what was taught by the great teachers of the first centuries of the church such as St. Augustine. We affirm the Nicene Creed and eschew heresy. We accept what has been held to be true everywhere and always as the historic faith. We recognize that the Church, which is the Body of Christ, should be one, and desire the sacramental unity of all Catholic Christians. But we remember that complete unity lies in Christ, and will be obtained in reality only in God’s Kingdom, and not in a fallen world.
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