Who We Are
ALL ABOUT GRACE
Hang around us very long and you will discover that we’re committed to the Gospel, the Good News. Our church is not about telling people the bad news – most folk already know enough bad news to last a lifetime. What Jesus came to establish, what the Apostles spent their lives proclaiming, was the Good News. Our preaching, teaching, singing – everything we do – is immersed in this one simple statement:
That “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not counting men’s sins against them.” -2 Cor. 5:19.
The Church of God has three different streams, and we are committed to bringing those streams together into one mighty river.
❖ Bible-Believing: We are committed to the Bible and recognize it to be the living Word of God. Through it he speaks to us, comforts us, and instructs us. Whether through the Scripture readings, the sermons, teachings, or Bible classes, you will find our church saturated with the Word of God. It is the light that guides our way.
❖Spirit-Filled: We expect God to act powerfully when we gather together to worship him. We sing with songs of praise and raise our hands in joy; we also sing the old, deep hymns that cause us to bow our heads and hearts in reverence. We believe in miracles. We believe God heals the body, soul, and spirit. We pray for the sick and other needs.
❖ Sacramental: We believe that God uses the mysteries or sacraments to minister grace to his people. Every Sunday we confess our sins to God, we hear the words of His forgiveness, and we come to the altar of God where we are fed with the Bread and Wine of Communion, the Body and Blood of Christ. Our worship is not only joyous and free, but also orderly and structured, following the pattern of Christian worship as old as the Apostles. The words we use to worship with are not new; they are as old as the Bible itself – sometimes even older! And yet they become fresh and alive as God’s people proclaim them, not only with their lips, but with their hearts.
ANGLICAN CHURCH in NORTH AMERICA
Our parish is part of the Diocese of Cascadia which is the geographical territory of the Pacific Northwest. The Anglican Church has roots all the way back to first century England and Ireland, and includes in it’s family a long line of notable Christians from Saint Patrick to C.S. Lewis with 31 signers of the Declaration of Independance being Anglican.
We are also members of and support Forward in Faith North America (FiFNA) which is a fellowship of people and churches who embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ and uphold the Evangelical Faith and Catholic Order which is the inheritance of the Anglican Way. This fellowship works, prays, and witnesses for reform and renewal of the Church with “no compromise of truth and no limitation of love.” This fellowship includes faithful Anglicans spanning many jurisdictions and structures with the mission to witness to the “faith and order of the undivided Church.”
We will seek those who are lost, and bring again those who were driven away, and will bind up those who are broken, and will strengthen those who are sick (Ez. 34:15,16a), by continuing steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2:42); holding fast the profession of our faith without wavering, with all spiritual gifts (I Cor. 12:7-11), provoking one another unto love and to good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, but exhorting one another as we see the day approaching (Heb. 10: 23-25).