We have taken to describing ourselves as ‘an eclectic family of diverse worshipping communities’ which is a bit of a mouthful! But, here is what we mean:
Here at St. John’s some of us have a more liberal-Catholic spirituality and churchmanship – we like the sensory engagement and the deep rootedness found in Sacramental forms of worship and the grace received in it. Some of us are more ‘middle of the road’ type Anglicans in our spirituality and worship. We cherish the Biblical and Gospel soaked depth and riches of the Book of Common Prayer and we are nourished by the structure, prayerfulness and reflectiveness of Common Worship liturgy. Still others of us could be described as more contemporary evangelical in our worship and spirituality. We have a hunger for Biblical teaching and the dynamism of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives and community.
This diversity is expressed through many and varied opportunities to pray and worship in different ways, in small or larger groups, in formality and informality, traditionally or experimentally, in all age contexts or not. This diversity is also united around our shared desire to love and worship Jesus with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbour as ourselves. We long to see our community blessed by the mission, ministry and worshipping life of the Church and to see lives, families and our community transformed by the power of the Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ according to the Gospel.
Lastly, we are incomplete, imperfect, and lacking. We don’t get it right all the time, but we do our best. We sometimes lack tact, patience, courage, grace and even faith. But one thing we are sure of: our Heavenly Father is making us complete, perfect and lacking nothing. We’re not there yet, but we are sure that one day, by God’s grace, we will be. We also have a sneaking suspicion that one of the things we are lacking, one of the things that would draw us toward completion and a more perfect version of ourselves is, actually, you. You are welcome to join us for the journey.
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.