Steeped in Anglican Tradition
Anglican means “of England” and this heritage is a part of our past. We are governed in an Episcopal (of Bishops) manner and our Bishops are descendants of the Apostles and of the first Episcopal bishops in theUnited Statesby way of laying on of hands. We are organized into parishes (local churches), a regional Diocese (geographical groupings of numerous parishes) and provinces (encompassing many dioceses). We are a part of the Reformed Episcopal church (Diocese of the West) and The Anglican Church in North America (Diocese of Cascadia). Each church is self governing with an elected and representative body called a vestry (church board). Our clergy are ordained in the separate orders of Deacons, Priests, or Bishops. A Rector is a priest who has been invited to serve a parish by the mutual agreement of the priest and the vestry.
Our worship is liturgical in nature following a set pattern with repeated forms. We follow the services that are found in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. This treasured document contains elements of centuries old Christian worship practices. The 1928 Book of Common Prayer is a direct descendent of the first Anglican Books of Common Prayer written, in large measure, by Thomas Cranmer. The 1928 Book of Common Prayer is distinct in its consistent theology, scriptural purity, and evangelical simplicity. Liturgy can be translated from it’s Greek origin “as the work of the people” Liturgical worship services provide the opportunity for every member of the congregation to actively participate. Such worship is in full accord with the doctrines of the Bible, as seventy percent of the Book of Common Prayer is in the exact words of Scripture.
Saint Barnabas Anglican Church
Rooted in Scripture & Steeped in Anglican Tradition
Catholic, sharing the faith, sacraments, and teachings the Church of Jesus Christ has embraced in every era; and share the fellowship of all like-minded people around the world.
Apostolic, continuing stead-fastly in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, and are under the prayerful oversight of our local Bishops (the Apostles of our day). We trace our Apostolic Succession through the Diocese of the West (Reformed Episcopal Church) and the Diocese of Cascadia (Anglican Church North America).
Reformed, we are spiritual heirs to the treasures of the English Reformation, holding to the doctrines taught in the 39 Articles of Religion and guided by the liturgy of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
Evangelical, believing and proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the only advocate and mediator between God and man, who by His sacrifice, once for all, reconciles all who believe on Him.
Believe, that the Holy Bible is the inerrant, revealed Word of God and, therefore, the ultimate authority and standard of faith and practice in our lives.
Advocate, the ministry of all believers, the laity together with the three-fold offices of deacon, priest, and bishop.
Emphasize, regular, reverent, disciplined worship services in which we praise Almighty God, admit our need for Him in our daily Lives, and offer Him our prayers of Thanksgiving and petition for others as well as ourselves.
We warmly invite you to join us in the worship, witness, and service of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
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