Greetings in the Lord,
I am honored that you found your way to St. Luke’s Anglican Church and it is my prayer that your visit was spiritually nurturing.
It is not uncommon for people to have questions about what it means that we are an Anglican church, so please allow me to provide you with a glimpse into our identity.
As an Anglican church, we trace our heritage back through the Church of England. We can also be described as an Anglo-Catholic parish, which means our identity is influenced not only by the protestant reformation, but by the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic church that is the inheritor of 2000 years of history and development. We look to the apostolic fathers, the creeds, and the church councils of the first centuries for guidance into the teaching of Jesus and His apostles.
We are a liturgical church, which means we worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness through a liturgy that has roots in the first century of the church. Holy Scripture teaches that God cares about how the citizens of His Kingdom approach Him in worship, and we desire to honor Him and give Him reverence as we gather as a community for worship and edification. We are also a sacramental church, which means that we see our relationship with God as being more than just a mental and spiritual exercise. Humanity was created in the image and likeness of God as both spiritual and physical beings; as a result, our bodies and our spirits are intimately connected. Through the sacramental life of the church we are able to bring our outward, physical actions and our inward, spiritual faith into unity as we experience the grace of God in our lives.
It is my firm belief that God’s primary desire for His children is that they imitate Jesus Christ. This means a commitment to loving God with our entire being and loving others without reservation or qualification. Our world is filled with hatred, bigotry, and a brash, sometimes violent, disrespect for others that is entirely contrary to the character of Christ. I cannot promise that I or my parish will always be perfect examples of Jesus’ unconditional love, but I can promise that it is my desire as an individual and my desire for this parish that we constantly strive to become more like Jesus in everything that we do, say, or think.
I pray that you experience God’s love and acceptance, His grace and mercy, in your own life and that you allow us to help you grow and mature in your relationship with Him.
In His Service,
Rev. Fr. Timothy Reimer