Sunday Evening Prayer with Reserved Sacrament
What We are about.
If you're looking to return to the foundation of the Christian faith and practice,
Holy Trinity Church embodies the richness of Word and Sacrament
in Scripture, Reason, and Tradition.
As Anglicans, i.e.,English Protestants, we assert our conformity to the 39 Articles of Religion, with careful attention that nothing is taught, preached, or to be believed, except that which in all points is agreeable with the heavenly doctrine contained in the Old and New Testaments. We affirm the continuity of apostolic succession, episcopal order, and emphasize on the importance of the sacraments. We encourage personal piety, pastoral devotion, missionary zeal, and recovery of the beauty of worship. Anglicanism is definite in faith and practice, having unbroken continuity with the historic Church of the past, continuing its ministry in the present.
Our message, our music, and our people are all part of an atmosphere where we meet God in true worship through the ancient liturgies of the Church. Its symbolism, language, and even our standing and kneeling all give shape to the mystery of God making himself present with us.
We invite you to come and see!
Our mission is:
"To love God and follow Jesus; empowered by the Holy Spirit,
to build the Kingdom of God."
Confession of Faith
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, the Anglican Church in North America identifies the following seven elements as characteristic 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 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.
5. Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological 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 the fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.
The purpose of the
Reformation in the 16th century was to bring the
Church in England back to the apostolic roots and
neither Roman Catholic nor your typical
Rather than leaving behind the catholic faith and becoming only protestant, the Anglican reformation ended up reforming the existing catholic church in England. This is why bishops were retained, and priests, along with sacramental theology and liturgy. Although the Church of England has some continuity with the Roman Catholic church, the foundations of Anglicanism can be traced back to approximately the 1st century AD, as attested to by records from bishops from the British Isles who were present at the Ecumenical Councils, and from instructions given to Saint Augustine of Canterbury that acknowledge the Ecclesia Anglicana, the pre-existing Church in England, which flourished for perhaps thirteen hundred years before the events of the Reformation created what is now called Anglicanism. Throughout its history, the Anglican church has emphasized its protestant or reformed reality and de-emphasized its catholic nature, such as the evangelical revivals of the 18th century. At other times, such as the 19th century Oxford Movement, there has been a revival of the catholic spirituality or vision. But both of these influences have remained. So the Anglican church is a reformed catholic church. We don’t see a fundamental conflict between the words evangelical and catholic, or feel the need to choose between our catholic ancestors and our reformational ones.
Our church is a
continuation of the church in those early days in
which the Christian Church was undivided and
is in the Anglican
Diocese of the Southwest, under under
the governing umbrella of the Anglican Church in North America.