Celtic Medallion
Holy Communion 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Bible Study 11:00 am
We know that a great many people, regardless of denomination, have experienced the dynamic power of the
Holy Spirit in their lives. What many people want to know is if our church is open to the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit. The answer is a definitive YES! One of the concerns we have is that many people associate being a "Spirit-filled" Christian with a certain type of praise music or church service. We think this confuses the issue. In fact we think that this can often be a real problem. When we associate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with a particular "style" of worship or music we often "compartmentalize" the work of the Spirit to a church service. We think this is an error no matter what your worship service looks or sounds like.

On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit was poured out on a band of Jewish believers who attended Temple Worship in Jerusalem. These early disciples observed the daily Jewish hours of prayer and lived out their faith in a "liturgical" setting, not a setting such as the ones that modern Evangelicals associate with "Spirit-filled worship". In fact a traditional church like ours has much more in common with their worship than does a modern Evangelical Church. So rather than focusing all of our expectation of the activity of the Holy Spirit within a church service we teach that this should be the daily experience of the believer who is walking in obedience to Christ and preaching the gospel. We encourage the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be cultivated in the lives of our parishioners and believe that the power of the Holy Spirit should be demonstrated in our daily lives.

What happens when a church takes this approach to the Spirit-filled life? Authenticity happens! When we live a Spirit-filled life, instead of merely attending a "charismatic styled worship service" our lives become a more authentic expression of the gospel and the power of God and people are attracted to the presence of Christ in our lives. Our lives become consistent with the message we preach and that is far more powerful than merely raising our hands to music on a Sunday.

While many Churches are seeking to become more "relevant" and "contemporary" in doctrine and worship why would any church flaunt the fact that it is "Traditional"? In this age of technological wonder the very idea of "Tradition" seems suspect and yet refreshing. Society is moving at such break-neck speed, and technology and medicine even faster, that no sooner do we adopt one bit of technology that another has made it obsolete. Swift social change can cause us to forget ourselves and our history. As a people we are losing our memory. Memory. This is an important word. Memory helps to anchor us. It anchors us in our past, in the home we grew up in, with the family members we shared pizza with growing up, and the kids we went to school with. Memory helps us retain our identity. But many of us have no family memory that reaches back beyond our parents or grandparents. A fast moving society can easily forget its roots. Having a short memory can leave us feeling rootless.

Society is moving so fast that the Christian Churches feel the pressure to keep up with the most recent trends. We seem to be chasing after a society that is forgetting itself. One wonders if one loses one's own sense of self in the process. After all, if Churches keep riding the trends, how far from home will they lead? How can they stay connected with the beginning? The time when Jesus entrusted His band of followers to His trusted Apostles? How can they remain true to their roots? At what point does this "chasing after a society that will not have God" cause us to betray our own history as Christians?

These and many other considerations are causing many to return to the ancient traditions of the Church. Traditions are not trendy. Traditions can't easily be fitted into slick promotional campaigns or 30 second spots filled with excitement. Traditions don't create something new, but rather preserve something old and original. In fact, that is their function, to preserve something and pass it on. Perhaps this is why many people, young and older are returning to Churches that are "Traditional". There have been countless articles about people in their 20's returning to churches that are not flashy or dependent upon technology and music. Rather they are attracted to the authenticity of these traditional churches because they provide a sense of rootedness and stability. Many of these people appreciate the ceremonies and rituals, and the beauty that surrounds a traditional Holy Communion service. These set it apart from the more mundane and pedestrian, and much less sacred, experiences in their daily lives. This Great Tradition has the effect of recentering our spirituality, not on our own emotional excitement, but on God. In a time when there seems to be no authority and no confident way to discern the "truth" the Great Tradition of the catholic (universal) faith can provide a place to stand. For these reasons and many more "Tradition" is making a comeback. What are some of the practices of this Traditional faith that so many are returning to? The liturgical church year expressed in the seasons of Lent, Easter and Advent for example; a return to Holy Communion as the focal point and pinnacle of Christian worship. A sense of sacredness and beauty in worship; a tradition that embraces and makes sense of suffering and hardship rather than pretending it does not exist; a history of spirituality that goes deep, drawing on the experiences of monastics and saints; and the faithful and unaltered transmission of the original meaning of the bible from the community that originates it rather than contorting it to fit modern shifting ideals. This and so much more is why people are returning daily to traditional churches.

Why are we a "Traditional" church? We are here for those who have reached some of the same conclusions and have had the same experiences. We exist for those who want to return to the beginning; for those who want to practice a faith that is not superficial, but demanding; We exist for those who want to return to a sense of the sacred. We are Traditional because the Faith passed on by the Apostles is the pearl of great prize and it is worth preserving and passing on. While many Churches are seeking to become more "relevant" and "contemporary" in doctrine and worship why would any church flaunt the fact that it is "Traditional"?

Additional information about our worship can be found at Episcopalnet.