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Christ, fully alive
In Christ, New Creation
We are a Church of the Great Tradition
We have a particular calling to worship in the Great Tradition (One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic), rooted in the Church’s historic liturgy, the holy Scriptures proclaimed, and the Sacraments faithfully administered, so that we may be ever renewed by the truth of the Apostolic Faith (Hebrews 10:25; Jude 1:3). For further clarification, see The Anglican Church of North America’s Theological Statement.
The Father’s Family
The Church is one, holy, catholic and apostolic, a divine organism. The Church is God’s household, his family, linked together in the Holy Spirit. We seek to live together as God’s family, with all the challenges which come with honest relationships. We are called to live as brothers and sisters in Christ, out doing one another with love and good deeds (e.g., Romans 12:9-13; Ephesians 2:18-22; I Corinthians 4:14-17; I Timothy 3:14-16). We honor our many spiritual mothers and fathers who share their wisdom with others, young and old, mutually giving and receiving.
The Diocesan Parish
St. Aidan’s is a parish within the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest. Our bishop provides oversight and spiritual fathering to all clergy of the diocese. The ministry of every priest and deacon is an extension of and participation in the ministry of the bishop, just as the bishop, as pastor, shares in the ministry of the one great shepherd of the sheep, the Lord Jesus Himself (Hebrews 13:20). The rector of a parish is an ordained presbyter, a spiritual father, who provides pastoral care in three facets of sacred ministry, to teach, to sanctify, and to guide. According to the size and needs of the congregation, the rector will oversee all staff members and volunteer leadership team or team leaders.
The Vestry or Parish Council serve as a body of men and women who oversee the budget and physical properties of the local parish.
Three Historic Streams
All My Streams of Joy are in You
Three Streams of Historic Christianity
The Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, inspires and makes possible both Word and Sacrament. Some find it helpful to describe Anglicanism as three historic streams: Evangelical (scripture), Catholic (sacramental, universal, historic episcopate) and Charismatic (the ministry and gifts of the Holy Spirit). Our worship and community life are vitally linked to . . .
Scripture: The Holy Scriptures form the primary rule, or measuring stick for shaping our community. St. Paul says of his spiritual son, Timothy, “from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings (Old Testament), which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the messenger of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:15-17. In union with Christ, we humbly read, pray, chant, study, memorize, meditate, contemplate and expound the holy Scriptures (Psalm 1; Col. 3:16). The Common Book of Prayer, grounded in the Scriptures, aids us in our worship of God, Holy Trinity, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Sacrament: God is actively working in our lives and the world. He is everywhere present and fills all things. As Jesus is the icon or image of the Father, so the Church, the Body of Christ, is the icon of Jesus Christ on earth. Christ makes himself present to us in Word and Sacrament. Because God became a human being in Jesus Christ, creation is being restored to its original intentions. All of life can be communion with God. We like to say that matter matters! Fr. Alexander Schmemann is a key resource of our sacramental worldview. Our lives are arranged around the rhythms of communal prayer expressed in the Anglican Daily Office (Daily Prayer and Eucharist as a community) and the liturgical calendar, drawing us into the life and mission of Jesus.
Spirit: The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is the Spirit of Christ, everywhere present and fills all things. Apart from abiding in this source of life, we can do nothing eternally fruitful. We believe that every Christian is sealed with the Holy Spirit in baptism and lives the baptismal life, in Christ’s death and resurrection, in the power of the Holy Spirit - to “keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit” Eph. 5:18. We seek to discern everyone's spiritual gifts (samplings in Ephesians 4, I Cor. 12-14 and Rom. 12) and encourage, in parallel, the cultivation of the Spirit’s fruits, becoming Christlike (Gal. 5:22f; Rom. 12:9-21).
Becoming a Local Member of the Community of St. Aidan