Emmaus Anglican Church

Worship

Emmaus Anglican Church worships within the framework of liturgy prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer. Within this liturgical framework, the three streams of Anglicanism (Evangelical, Anglo-Catholic and Charismatic) find expression in worship of the One, True, and Living God, revealed in Jesus Christ.

The basic arch of our liturgical worship takes place in four stages. Our worship begins with the gathering. The gathering consists of a call to worship, recognizing that the Gospel is, first, God’s call for us to enter His presence. Everything we do is a response to God’s initiative of grace. Entering into God’s presence clearly reveals that we are sinners and that we are in need of God’s Holy Spirit to enable us to worship Him properly – and so we ask God to prepare our hearts for worship. The work of preparation that we invite the Holy Spirit to accomplish enables us to hear God’s Word. Hearing God’s Word is the second stage in our arch of worship, and one of the central aspects of Anglican worship. The liturgical form found within the Book of Common Prayer is centered on the Word of God and the Eucharist. Hearing God’s Word takes two main forms: 1) The public reading of the Scriptures; 2) The public preaching of the Word of God. The public reading and preaching of the Word of God is the proclamation of the Gospel – God’s great Good News of salvation, offered to all people through faith in Jesus Christ. Once the Gospel has been proclaimed in word, it is enacted every Sunday in the Eucharist – the other central aspect of Anglican worship. The Eucharist is the enacting of the Gospel, and the opportunity for God’s people to receive a means of God’s grace, whereby we participate, together, in the body and blood of Christ (1 Cor. 10:16). We come to the Table as people who are at peace with God and peace with one another, and we receive the means of grace as a unified body in Christ. Finally, we are commissioned to go into God’s world, empowered by God the Holy Spirit, to be the Body of Christ in the world, inviting others to God’s great banquet so that they may experience the gift of God’s grace.

Anglican liturgical worship has a rich history. We experience great joy in worshiping the risen Lord Jesus in this way, and we pray that He experiences great joy from our worship too.