What is Anglicanism?
Anglicanism is an expression of Christianity born in the 16th century English Reformation and rooted in the ancient faith and practice of the historic church. Anglicanism upholds Scripture as the primary source of authority in matters of faith and practice. The essence of the Anglican expression of faith and worship lies in the Book of Common Prayer. Driven by a missionary focus, Anglicanism has been about the work of making disciples for over 500 years and has expanded into a global church.
A participatory worship is a key component of the Anglican heritage with an interactive liturgy and emphasis on the sacraments instituted by Jesus. While reflecting the historic traditions of the early church, we intentionally embrace a mosaic of relevant current expressions of worship in order to connect with people’s hearts and minds, leading them toward a vibrant relationship with Jesus.
Anglicanism celebrates unity in the essential elements of Christian faith, worship, life, and ministry. Like trees planted at the water’s edge, our Anglican roots are nourished by three streams: the Scripture, the Sacred, and the Spirit. We hold that Scripture guides our lives and is authoritative for us individually and for the Church at large. We believe the Sacred is embodied in the practices and teachings Christians have held throughout the centuries as expressed in the historic Creeds. Our faith has many forms of worship, including the sacraments instituted by Jesus. We trust God’s Spirit is present in the Church and the world, manifesting His power and preparing us for ministry.
ACNA Common Prayer
The newly-published prayer book of the Anglican Church in North America