The Nicene Creed
The sufficient statement of the Christian faith is the Nicene Creed, which was written at two universal Church councils: the first council of Nicea in AD 325, and the first council of Constantinople in AD 381.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
*catholic here refers to “universal” and not a particular denomination
The central act of worship
Eucharist is the central act of Anglican Christians gathered for worship. This is true for many reasons, including that there is nothing more fundamental to Christian spiritual formation into Christlikeness and Christian mission than learning to notice Jesus at work in ourselves and in our everyday, ordinary lives. As Alexander Schmemann has put it: Eucharist is not an escape from the world, rather it is the arrival at a vantage point from which we can see more deeply into the reality of the world. We are taken up to that vantage point when our hearts are lifted up by the Spirit into the Son’s communion with the Father. Thus a core and historical way of developing alertness to Jesus is via Eucharist, noticing the presence of Jesus manifested mysteriously to us weekly as we receive simple elements like bread and wine. Eucharist teaches us to partake of what Jesus has and is giving (formation) and doing (mission).
Reshaped into Christlikeness
The Eucharistic scene from the Upper Room encapsulates Divine purposefulness in the creation of humanity and the sending of the Son: not to be served, but to serve and to give one’s life away for the salvation, healing and deliverance of others. In this Eucharistic way, if we intend it, our loves, our current structures of desire can be reshaped into Christlikeness.
Unity With Christ
Eucharist is also a vehicle for, and a sign of unity – our unity with Christ and our unity as one body in both the church and the universal church. 1 Corinthians 10.17 makes this clear: Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf. In Eucharist Jesus becomes present to us in a special way and as we come to the table we become especially present to each other, learning to really see and appreciate each other.
An act of thanksgiving
Lastly, eucharist means to give thanks. Living lives of thanksgiving is central to becoming the kind of person who would be patient with your own spiritual growth, long-suffering with those in your community who are in process too; and servant-hearted within the heart-wrenching pain our of world.
Baptism marks the point in a person’s life when they both publicly declare their commitment to Christ and the church declares their commitment to supporting them in their discipleship. There really is no more beautiful example of real community than in that of the sacrament of baptism.
At Christ our King we have the honor of baptizing infants, children and adults. In the case of infants and children, since they are not yet old enough to make promises to God for themselves, others (i.e. their parents and Godparents/sponsors) make promises on their behalf and commit to raise those baptized to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. It is confirmation that these persons then have a chance to affirm their faith for themselves.
Sunday at 4:00 P.M.
us for worship
Foothill community free methodist church, located at 777 e alosta Ave, Azusa, CA 91702