What is Worship?
Have you had enough of unfocussed contemporary church services? Do you find spontaneous extempore public prayer all too predictable? Do you want Christian meetings full of depth and maturity? Do you long for theologically-rich, doctrinally-clear gatherings that will form people for a lifetime of Christian service? Have you ever opened the Anglican 1662 Book of Common Prayer?
Worship at All Souls Anglican Church according to the Book of Common Prayer is rigorously biblical, where public worship is a holy assembly called into existence by the Word of God. Our response to God’s Word results in a dialogue that is both solemn and joyous.
When you worship at All Souls Anglican Church you will hear the convicting truth of God’s Law, and confess your sins in the comfort of the Gospel. You will gain a deeper understanding God’s great work of redemption in the preaching of God’s Word, and you will behold regularly Christ’s body broken for sinners and spiritually receive and feed upon him for your comfort and edification.
Finally, you will be commissioned for a life of gratitude and service.
On the first Sunday of the month All Souls Anglican Church strives to celebrate the Lord’s Supper according to the Lord’s command. With the Apostle Paul and as the words of the Book of Common Prayer’s Exhortation commands, we desire to come to the Supper worthily, self-aware, and discerning rightly the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 11.17 – 34).
A chief blessing of the Supper is its sealing function on those who truly belong to Christ. It is not necessary to belong to any particular church or denomination to partake. Members of our sister confessional churches, as well as all those who are members in good standing at gospel-believing churches, are welcome at the Lord’s table.
We do not, however, indiscriminately encourage all visitors to commune. With Paul, we ask that you carefully examine yourself, your sinfulness, and your faith, your understanding of the sacrament, and your relation to Christ in the church. Please read and prayerfully consider the following expectations before joining us at the Lord’s Table:
- Baptism in the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
- Belief in the articles of the Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds
- Membership in a gospel-believing church
- Affirmation of the presence of Christ in the sacrament as taught in our confessional statement, The Thirty-Nine Articles: “The body of Christ is given, taken and eaten in the Supper only in a heavenly and spiritual manner. The means by which the body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper is faith.”
We welcome the opportunity to discuss our view of the Lord’s Supper further with you.