The Church was established in England shortly following our Lord's Ascension into heaven. The Council of Arles (317 A.D.) records the presence of three English Bishops and their entourage. When Pope Gregory I sent St. Augustine in 597 A.D. to evangelize the British Isles, he reported back that the Church was already functioning there in its fulness. At the time of the Great Schism in AD 1054, the Church in the British Isles remained Orthodox, which led to the papal sanctioned Norman invasion in 1066 to bring the "erring" (read Orthodox) English Church under Roman authority. All but one of the English bishops were imprisioned and replaced by the Norman usurpers and the Church had an uneasy and often stormy relationship with Rome lasting nearly five centuries. The English Reformation which began in AD 1534 was led by bishops to restore the Faith and Order of the Undivided Church. It is evident that the Church must "continue stedfastly in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2:42) Therefore we stand today in the glorious Tradition of the English (Anglican) Church, believing what the Church has always believed at all times and in every place (Catholic). You will find nothing new here!
Like the disciples who were found on the Day of Christ's Resurrection gathered in fear behind closed doors, we huddle in our homes in fear of the deadly virus afflicting the whole world. The Church may be empty, but so is the tomb! While far from Priest and Altar, our blessed hope is Christ is risen from the dead as the first-fruits of our resurrection in Him at His glorious coming again at the last day. We will leave behind the pain and sorrow of this present life, the uncertainty and fears of this mortal life, to dwell with Him in glory where there will be no more pain and suffering, no more tears. We are called into the fellowship of the sufferings of Christ in this present life, with the assurance that we will be partakers with Him in glory in the life of the world to come. There is nothing, not even death, that can separate us from the love of God in Christ.
The stone was not rolled away from the tomb to let Jesus out, but to permit us to come in to see the place where our Lord had lain. We see through those first witnesses graveclothes neatly folded, assuring us that His resurrection was with decency and order. the chaos and confusion of this naughty world, are not the properties of God who brigs order out of the chaos of sin.
In the midst of the chaos that is this world, the Lord is in soverign control of all things decently and in order. The Gospel was to go forth from Jerusalem to Judea, then to Samaria and finally to the uttermost parts of the world. It was to begin with the Jews first, and then proclaimed to the Gentiles that all by faith made be made the children of Abraham and heirs of salvation.
The world scoffs at Jesus' resurrection to their peril, for Almighty God, our heavenly Father, of His tender mercy, gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption. He made there by his one oblation of Himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfation for the sins of the whole world. While Christ's death is efficient for those whose trust is in Him, it is suffiicient that all may believe and not perish. He has made the perfect sacrifice for our sin that we can enter the Presence of Almighty God with boldness to offer our praise and thanksgiving for so great salvation.
Lest our Lord come first, we will enter with Him through death our glorification. We need not fear for we are going where Jesus has gone before to prepare a place and will welcome us unto Himself. . For us death is the opening of the gates of larger life, where we will go from strength to strength in the life of perfect service. Jesus does not ask us to go where He has not first gone before us. Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. It is in Christ that you have victory over sin, Satan and death.
The church may be empty, but so is the tomb! Thanks be to God who gives us the victory in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray with the Church
Who is the Church of the Incarnation?
The Church of the Incarnation is a faith community dedicated to lifting up Jesus Christ and to being Christ to our world. "Incarnation" means "in the flesh" and comes from the opening Chapter of the Gospel according to St. John, "And the Word (the Second Person of the Holy Trinity) became flesh and dwelt among us." We lift up Jesus by being His hands and feet, heart and voice to our neighbors. In this way, we are Jesus "in the flesh" to our world. We are a neighborhood church and if you live close to us, we are praying for you and your family. Our bells ring daily at noon as the reminder that Jesus is God who has come to us in the flesh. His Name is Emmuel - God with us.
Perhaps you have no church to call your home. Or you have given up on church because you have been burnt by church people. Do you have a vision or dream of how God can use a little neighborhood church? We invite you to dream with us and join us in walking with and following Jesus.
We are a family size congregation who come from a wide variety of backgrounds -- Moravians, Baptists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and Episcopalians. Our Pastor is The Most Rev'd Thomas J. Kleppinger and our Associate is Father Peter Geromel.
The Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, affectionately remembered as the Black Book, acknowledged in its Preface that it drew from The Book of Common Prayer, 1549. The affinity is both denominations used the term "Common" in the description of their respective liturgical practice which has many similarities reflecting their common source.
We are part of the glorious Anglican Tradition within the Christian Church, a Church deeply rooted in the lands now known as the United Kingdom and of Ireland and other remote islands. Emerging from the British or Celtic Church, known best for St. Patrick of Ireland, the Anglican Tradition became well-organized by missionaries from Rome. At the time of the Vikings, the land of the Anglo-Saxons (known as Angle-land or England) then became the staging ground for key missionaries to Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Ours is a tradition that is well-known to you, even if you have never heard of it. It is the tradition that raised William Shakespeare and Jane Austen and produced the King James Bible. Its pastors and preachers wrote hymns like “Amazing Grace” and “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Statesmen like George Washington and 31 signers of the Declaration of Independence knew God as their Sovereign due to its teachings. Theologians like John Wesley, C.S. Lewis and J.I. Packer have become household names in Bible-believing homes and are great Christians associated with the Anglican tradition. Its heart for outreach and compassion has recently been dramatized in “Call the Midwife”. We are glad to know Jesus our Savior and would be glad to know you too!