Welcome to the worship gathering of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church.
We sing God’s praises, hear and respond to his Word, and remember his redeeming work for us on the cross. We trust that as we do so, he will strengthen and renew us by his Holy Spirit, reorienting us to life in him. Our Christian hope is to participate in the life and mission of Jesus, slowly being transformed by his Spirit into his eternal design for us.
How do you care for children?
We love for families to worship together, and we also want children to receive age-appropriate Bible teaching. On alternating Sundays, children ages 4-10 are invited to attend their own classes during the sermon and prayers. Every Sunday we have a nursery class for children up to 3 years old during the sermon. Children in these classes will be dismissed after a children’s message and will return just before Communion. Kids of any age are also very welcome to remain with their parents throughout.
African drum? Baskets? Rwanda?
Yes, we started as a mission congregation of the Church of Rwanda in 2011, and our pastor is a missionary priest of the Rwandan Church. Twenty years ago, the Rwandan Church saw the wretched state of the Episcopal Church, along with a growing need for churches in the U.S. that would have a high view of the Bible and evangelism while also following the worship of the ancient Church and being connected to the global Church. So, in 2000 they began planting mission congregations in America. That’s our heritage, and we continue vital relationship with the Rwandan Church, also maintaining the original ethos of the mission.
What is Liturgy and how can I participate?
In worshiping God, we don’t want to slip into a mindset of being entertained. That’s why we use patterns of worship from the ancient church called “liturgy.” This Greek-derived word means “a community work” and has always been used to describe what Christians do when they worship together. Everyone is actively involved — standing, singing, speaking prayers, and even moving towards the Table together. Most people in this church were new to liturgical worship when they joined us, so embrace the awkward first steps; we understand. The course of the service, as well as the songs and prayers said together, will be projected on the screen. They are also available in print form on the table beside the entry.
What’s the Nicene Creed?
Why does it refer to the “catholic” church? Creed comes from the Latin credo, meaning “I believe,” and the Nicene Creed is a statement from the early Church of what all Christians believe. It’s been in constant use since 325AD and is used around the world today. The word “catholic” does not refer to the Roman Catholic Church; instead, it simply means universal or worldwide.
Why written prayers?
While we have space for unscripted prayers during the Prayers of the People, many of our prayers have been written down and prayed for hundreds of years. We don’t think sincerity is measured by spontaneity. And while we love extemporaneous prayer, especially in small groups, written prayers for the service bring the benefits of matured theological reflection and precise wording.
What are your views on Communion?
The celebration of the Lord’s Supper is part of every Sunday gathering, so when we start sharing “Peace,” don’t leave yet! This memorial sharing of bread and wine is for all who are in Christ, so if you’ve been baptized and trust in the grace of Jesus for your salvation, please join in the Communion. If you’ve not accepted a place in Christ’s kingdom through baptism, or you’re not sure about the way we do things, you are welcome to come forward for a simple blessing. Just place your arm across your chest, and the pastor will pray a blessing on you. The signal for receiving Communion is a hand held out flat. We recognize that genuine Christians have different convictions about the participation of children, so we leave that to the discretion of parents. Parents can help indicate a child’s way of participating — for receiving bread or a blessing — by guiding them to make the appropriate signal.