2 Corinthians 13:14
Who are we?
Visitors to our parish often tell us that we're the best-kept secret for Sunday worship in the Upper Valley. We don't mean to be a secret. We are a small parish. It's part of our charm. Our small size allows us to be welcoming and caring towards each person.
We're Anglicans. That means that we trace our history and traditions back to the second century when Christianity was first brought to the British Isles from Rome. This long history means that we often look and sound like we resemble parts and pieces of other "flavors" of Christianity. Sometimes this is due to Anglicanism influencing other expressions of Christianity; sometimes this is due to Anglicans being influenced. More often, it is due to a shared spiritual heritage that has been adapted to the unique experiences of Anglicans as they have worshiped through history and around the globe.
We're classical. We respect our spiritual heritage and seek to carry it with us. Just like the "classics" of literature, our heritage shapes where we are going, but it also becomes something new when it encounters us in our lived lives. We are not just passive recipients; we are also actively engaged in living out this spiritual inheritance.
We're liturgical and sacramental. Our worship service is structured by the Book of Common Prayer (1928) and the American Missal. But our worship is not just limited to church services. Our sacramental life means that we recognize the sacredness of God's presence in all sorts of things and activities. We celebrate the seven sacraments and live our lives with sacramental meaning.
Rev. Robert Philp, MA