Sunday, May 13, 2007

Classic Christianity

The Chapel of Our Savior at Honey Creek
photo by the Rev. Frank Logue

In case you regularly read this blog and don't usually look at the website for The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek, I am taking this opportunity to post the Values that will be held up before us as we become a faith community.
The core values of The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek are based on Jesus’ summary of the laws and the commandments of God as follows:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.”
Luke 10:27

In order that we may know and love God as God is revealed in our Savior Jesus Christ, we embrace the following values so that we may live more fully into the abundant life that he promised:

Worship—Intentional attendance at worship, in particular weekly participation in Holy Communion, will be the center of our life together as a church. From this shared experience with God and each other we receive the strength to live out our Christian faith in our everyday lives.

Prayer—The Anglican emphasis on daily prayer also emphasizes the attendant Bible readings which, if followed closely, take us through the Bible every two years. If we pray Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, we get more than a relationship with God through his Son Jesus Christ. Daily prayer connects us with the 77 million other Anglicans around the world who could potentially be reading the same scriptures and praying the same prayers. We might pray by ourselves, but we never pray alone.

Holy Baptism—Christian Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble. This is the most serious step in becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Discipleship—Putting our faith into action and letting it permeate everything we do is a tried and true way of following Jesus Christ as his disciples. Discipleship means making a conscious effort to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ through regular attendance at worship, through prayer, and through our relationships with others.

Relationships/hospitality—At The Episcopal Church of Our Savior we expect to build up our church family by making friends for Christ. In order to offer the hospitality of the church, each member will be expected to take part in the life of the church in an intentional way. There will be a job for everyone to do.

Evangelism/outreach—Evangelism and outreach should be natural outcroppings of our growth as Christians. God’s house is a “house of prayer for all peoples” and we expect to invite all sorts and conditions of people to experience the grace of God in our midst. We expect to reach out to our community and be involved in projects that make life better for everyone.

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We hope to begin organizing Wednesday evening worship services and fellowship events in late August, building up to Sunday services later in the fall. I will post that information to the website and this blog as plans unfold.

We offer classic Christianity for twenty-first century seekers, and it's closer than you think.

In peace,

Linda +
The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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