WE ARE A CONVERGENT COMMUNITY

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SACRAMENTAL | EVANGELICAL | CHARISMATIC

 

The “Convergence Movement” began more than 25 years ago as men and women embraced the idea of the three major “streams” of historic Christianity: sacramental, evangelical, and charismatic. We here at Sanctuary have joined this movement in the hope of embodying the unity Jesus prayed for and worshipping in the fullness and strength that the whole Church offers. To that end, you may see some “unusual” things in our services…

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We Are Sacramental

sacrament:
noun   
sac·ra·ment  \ ˈsa-krə-mənt  \
... Jesus is present to us in a mysterious way

sacrament: noun   sac·ra·ment  \ ˈsa-krə-mənt
an ancient physical expression of our faith through which Jesus is present to us in a mysterious way

  • We celebrate the Lord’s Supper each Sunday using the liturgies that are rooted in ancient Christianity

  • We confess creeds, hear Scripture read from the lectionary, and pray written prayers

  • Our pastoral team wears clerical collars (and maybe even something fancier…)

  • Our people may make the sign of the cross or bow before the altar in reverence

We Are Evangelical

evangel” – Greek: εὐαγγέλιον (euaggelion):
proclamation of good news

  • We prioritize the need for robust, biblical preaching that both challenges and builds up
  • We are committed to mission, supporting local and global ministry through our prayer and resources

  • We believe in the power of God’s Word to change lives, conforming us to the image of Jesus

  • We don’t endorse politicians or parties, especially not in ways many associate with “evangelical”

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We Are Charismatic

…not in the sense of our personalities, but in our understanding of the Holy Spirit and his gifts (“charisms”) that are available to the Church to empower her to participate in Christ’s work in the world.

  • We may raise our hands, clap, or speak out spontaneously in our praise

  • We believe in the indwelling, personal presence of the Spirit along with his gifts described in Scripture

  • Our people may use a “prayer language” during appropriate times in our gatherings

  • Our people pray for God to show his power in our lives (e.g. healings and miracles)

Our prayer is that this unique expression of Christian faith and worship will be a source of joy and strength to all who encounter it, and that as we gather together, we will be like the trained scribe Jesus described who “brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” (Matthew 13.52/NRSV)

 

Sanctuary is a CEEC church within the Diocese of St. Anthony.