God’s presence with His people is the defining characteristic of our faith. The fact that God makes his dwelling with us changes every area of our lives, defines our worship, home life and the way we interact in our culture. Our call as a community is to resist consumer culture, embrace our "place" in our neighborhoods, and commit to one another. All three of these convictions will promote the presence God's wants us to have in our community. This is all rooted in a God who is defined by being with and committing to, sinners like us!
Emmanuel Anglican Church is..
Biblical--it holds to the unique authority of the Bible as “God’s Word written” Creedal—it upholds the teachings of the creeds Confessional—it subscribes to the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Church Liturgical—it uses forms of service consistent with the teaching & practice of the Book of Common Prayer Evangelical—it is committed to communicating God’s good news to the world
F U N D A M E N TA L D E C L A R AT I O N S of the P R O V I N C E
As the Anglican Church in North America (the Province), being a part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church of Christ, we believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. Therefore, we identify the following seven elements as charac-teristic of the Anglican Way, and essential for membership:
1. We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.
2. We confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.
3. We confess the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.
4. We confess as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian.
5. Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christo-logical clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.
6. We receive The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.
7. We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.