What is an Anglican, anyway?
The word Anglican comes from an old word meaning English (think Anglophile, someone who loves English culture.) Anglican churches are those churches which trace their historical lineage back to the Church of England, where Christians have lived and worshiped since the 2nd Century A.D. Today, the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian group with over 85 million members worldwide, most of whom live in Africa, South America, and Asia. The heart of the Anglican tradition is found in the the Via Media, the Middle Way between Catholic and Evangelical, Orthodox and Charismatic, Conservative and Liberal, Contemplative and Activist. By living at the broad intersection of these, we believe that we are able to walk in the way of the early undivided Church, and thus in the way of Jesus himself.
What should I wear on Sunday?
Anything, as long as it's something! Some folks at All Saints like to dress up by putting on their Sunday best, others like to wear something more casual and comfortable. Many people fall somewhere in between. Whatever you prefer to wear, you're welcome to worship with us!
What is your service like?
On Sunday mornings, we have a Traditional service at 9:00 AM, and a Contemporary service at 11:00 AM. Both services last about an hour and fifteen minutes. Although each has its own musical style, both services have liturgical worship. To learn more, check out our worship page.
Why do you have four Scripture readings each Sunday?
For our Sunday morning worship, we usually follow what is called the Lectionary, which lays out four readings for each Sunday: one from the Old Testament, another from the New Testament, a Psalm, and a Gospel reading. These four readings correspond with the season of the Church year, and are centered around a common theme. By using the Lectionary, we read through most of the Bible every three years during our Sunday worship. As a church that seeks to make disciples who know and love the Bible, we think that's pretty cool!
Why do you read the Gospel from the middle of the sanctuary?
For the fourth and final Scripture reading, the Gospel, a Priest or Deacon will walk to the center of the sanctuary and read while the rest of the congregation stands and turns to listen. By doing this, we are reminded how Jesus himself left the glory of heaven and came to dwell among us, his people. At many times during his earthly ministry, Jesus stood in the middle of large crowds and taught them about the Kingdom of God, and today he still teaches us whenever his Word is read. So we stand in reverences and turn to listen carefully to what he is saying to us.
Why do you celebrate Communion every week?
That is a short question that could have a very long answer! But the short answer is that we celebrate Communion every week because we believe that is what Jesus wanted his Church to do. He said, Do this, as often as you do it, in remembrance of me (1 Corinthians 11:25). The early Church carried on the practice of weekly Communion that they had received from the Apostles, and it was only much later that Communion became more infrequent. By taking Communion weekly, we are simply reclaiming that ancient biblical practice. Since the Lord has promised to meet with us and strengthen our faith whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, we have every reason to do it as often as possible!
Why do some people cross themselves?
The first thing to say is that while some people at our Church cross themselves during certain parts of the worship service, there are just as many who do not. Either way is fine! There is no expectation one way or the other. For those who do make the sign of the cross during worship, it serves as a silent prayer and reminder that we belong - body and soul - to our Lord Jesus Christ, that we have been baptized in his name, and that his death and resurrection has saved us from all sin and evil.