Anglican Churches
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Church of the Good Shepherd
4:00 pm - 1st Sunday - Evening Prayer
4:00 pm - 2nd Sunday - Communion
4:00 pm - 3rd Sunday - Evening Prayer
4:00 pm - 4th Sunday  St. Chrysostom's Hot Springs
Father Charles Erlandson
Pastor

E-mail
GoodShepherdMena@msn.com

Iron Mountain
CMA Children's Chapel
Mena, AR 71953

479-243-0260
479-437-3427
Fax:  479-243-9016

   

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What is the Anglican Church?

The Anglican Church is the spiritual mother of all English speaking Christians. In the first century, about the time that St. Paul was writing his epistles, missionaries brought the Christian faith to Britain. The British (or Celtic) Church founded by these missionaries of the Apostolic era was an integral part of the ancient and undivided Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Later, after the Angles and Saxons migrated to Britain, claiming it as “Angle-land,” missionaries from the native British Church and the Roman Church (which arrived with St. Augustine in A.D. 597) worked to evangelize the new inhabitants. These efforts were unified at the Synod of Whitby in A.D. 664, so that in the seventh century of her life and work, the Anglican or English Church associated herself with the Church on the continent for the sake of Christian unity.

Towards the end of the Middle Ages, after erroneous teachings and practices had crept into the life of the Christian Church, it became clear that the Church needed reforming. Faithful Christians believed the Church needed to be restored to the faith and doctrine taught in the Bible and by the ancient Fathers who had succeeded Christ’s Apostles as leaders in the Church.

From the 1520’s, Anglican reformers took on the dangerous task of restoring the Church of England to a completely Biblical faith and practice. Men like Tyndale, Cranmer, Latimer, and Ridley (all of whom were eventually burned at the stake) seized the opportunity of Henry VIII’s dynastic and political problems to achieve the only truly successful reformation of an entire national church. Their principles were a return to Biblical doctrine and the unified teaching and practice of the undivided Church of the first ten centuries. They did not seek division or discord within the Church, but were firm in their resolve to separate from Rome’s errors and tyranny. They claimed only their ancient, scriptural right to a free fellowship of Biblical truth within the one Body of Jesus Christ.

What is the Episcopal church?

The faith that Anglican missionaries brought to the New World in the 16th century was both “catholic” and “reformed.” It was catholic because it was the faith of the Bible universally held by Christians in all times and places since the time of the Apostles. It is the faith in Christ that is required of all people to be believed for salvation. This faith was reformed because it embraced the labors of the English reformers who restored the order and practice to the Church that gave structure to her life and worship from the beginning, all of which was scrutinized by godly men in the light of the Holy Scriptures.

The Anglicans also brought with them a form of church government that involved every member in a representative order. It was in these representative bodies that many Americans learned the lessons of self-government, including George Washington, Patrick Henry, James Madison, and many other forefathers of United States of America.

After the War for Independence, the Anglican Church became known in America as the Episcopal Church. Episcopal means “having bishops as chief pastors.” But, despite the minor change in the name, the American branch of the Anglican Church maintained the fullness of the faith recovered during the Reformation and preserved in the Book of Common Prayer and the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion.

What is the Reformed Episcopal Church?

In the mid 1800’s, the thoughtless modernism and centralization of power that have spoiled so much of American life began to have their effect on America’s churches, including the Episcopal Church. Old freedoms in Christ began to disappear before a wave of uncharitable bureaucracy.

What were the faithful in Christ to do? The faith was good, but the human institution was in error. Following the example of the reformers, a number of Episcopalians led by Bishop David Cummins founded the Reformed Episcopal Church in 1873. Like those faithful reformers in the Reformation period, they did not want to sow discord or hatred against the former church, but desired to get on with the business of evangelism and following Christ as His Body. Rather than getting bogged down in endless church politics, they chose to create a Church that would again fully embrace the faith once delivered by Jesus Christ and His apostles.

Ironically, the descendants of many faithful Episcopalians who chose to stay in the 1870’s have been literally swept out of the former church by the turmoil of the last four decades. Many of these Episcopalians have sought to preserve their heritage by forming sister churches in what is called “the Continuing Church.” The Reformed Episcopal Church is not considered a “Continuing Church” because it was not formed over any current issues. The original cause of the division was participation of Bishop George David Cummins at a Communion Service held in the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. Thus, the Reformed Episcopal parishes have always offered “open communion.” Any person who is a member of another branch of Christ’s Church is welcome to take Holy Communion. We believe this is right, and most importantly, Biblical.

For the last 135 years the Reformed Episcopal Church has remained faithful to the inerrant Word of God, powerfully proclaiming the unchanging Gospel of Jesus Christ and worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth using the Biblical and time-honored Book of Common Prayer. Along with the ancient creeds, we hold to the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion as our guidelines for what we believe as Christians in the Anglican Church.

Christ & His Commands

Everything we learn, everything we teach, and everything we preach is about getting people to know and live in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Out of His love for us Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and opened the gates of heaven for all who love Him.

We are committed to Christ’s Summary of the Law, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. And, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

We believe that in these few words, Jesus gave us the answer to all of life’s modern day questions and issues. Our relationship with God is further developed outside of worship in the relationships we have with other people. It is in these relationships that we are able to share God’s love with one another and grow in Christ.

We seek to learn more about God in the study of His Holy Word through worship and in Bible study - both together and personally. The Old Testament points forward to Jesus. The Gospel accounts reveal His active love and grace when He walked upon the earth physically. And, the Epistle accounts point us back to the life of Jesus, encouraging us to live in His grace through the guidance of the Holy Spirit as His chosen people. We, the Church, have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to carry on the work of Jesus Christ.

Jesus has commissioned each of us as His ministers.

We come before God as a Church with our prayers, to worship, praise, and glorify the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. However, God calls us to glorify Him in all we do both corporately as the Church and personally in our vocations.

Share in the true love our Lord offers everyone. We are a church of people from different backgrounds, different income levels, different ethnicity, and different ages. We are all bound together as brothers and sisters in the love of our Lord. This is true diversity. This is the true diversity that is only found in the True Love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Church of the Good Shepherd
meeting at the Trinity Lutheran Church, DeQueen and Oak Street at 4 p.m.
3rd Sunday, visitation to St. Chrysostoms' in Hot Springs, other Sundays Evening Prayer.
Call 479-243-0260 or 479-437-3427 for more information
email us at GoodShepherdMena@msn.com
www.st-thomaslr.org

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