Informing Our Life Together

The culture of God’s people has always included rhythms of hearing from God’s Word. As a liturgical and sacramental people The Mission joins with Christ followers around the world in daily readings from the Scriptures and prayer. We welcome you to join with us in cultivating a life centered around daily hearing and responding to God’s Word.

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Daily Reading

Join with us today and each day as followers of Christ have done throughout the centuries and read through the scriptures of the daily office.

http://www.esvbible.org/devotions/bcp/

Glossary of Terms

Anglican
An historic church with roots back to the 3rd Century AD in the British Isles and home to the Celtic movement under St. Patrick and St. Columba. A member of an Anglican church; Relating to the Church of England, or one of several related churches, such as those in the Anglican Communion.

Apostles Creed
The Christian Church recognizes two major creeds—the Nicene and Apostles—as statements of belief which were upheld as authoritative by church councils of the first centuries of the church.

Apostolic Succession
Apostolic Succession in the broadest and most basic sense refers to passing along the Faith and Fellowship of the Apostles in the life of the Church. This succession is carried on through a variety of means. The Scripture, historic Creeds, Sacraments, and the lineage of Bishops, Priests and Deacons all assist the Church to pass on the Apostolic Faith and Life. Sometimes people refer to Bishops as being in Apostolic Succession. This means being in an unbroken line of consecration from the time of the early undivided Church. This speaks of continuity in ministerial order, but it is important to keep in mind that this refers only to those who are truly faithful in apostolic succession, that is believe and teach the Faith of the Apostles and seek to fulfill the Great Commission.

Apostolic Works
The word apostle literally means someone who is “sent out”. Apostolic Works are those ministries intended to reach out through various methods of service to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to people.

Apostolic Vicar
The Apostolic Vicar is the presiding ecclesiastical authority of the Society. He has charge for the Society, and governs all spiritual, pastoral, and ecclesiastical matters of the Society.

Aspirant
One who is aspiring to be ordained.

Baptism
Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into the life of the Church. It is an identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection as well as an outward and visible sign of God’s grace in the washing away of sin.

Catholic
The literal meaning of the word “catholic” is “universal” and refers to the Christian Church and traditional Christian teaching which has been upheld “in all times and places.” Used in lower case, it does not refer to the Roman Catholic Church.

Celtic Tradition

The Celtic Tradition refers to a Christian movement primarily in the British Isles beginning in the 5th Century. This movement was very “organic” and took on a form complimentary but different from the Roman church. St Patrick and St. Columba were significant leaders in this tradition with an emphasis on empowered ministry to bring people the message of Jesus Christ.

College of Consultors
The College of Consultors give oversight, accountability and patronage through episcopal authority. They serve as guardians and overseers, responsible for preserving the vision and direction of The Mission in accordance with the Constitution and the Norms of the Society.

Conference of Bishops
The Missionary Bishops who meet regularly and confer with the Apostolic Vicar on questions that concern the nature and work of the Society.

Consecration
To consecrate something or someone literally means “to set aside for holy purposes.” In Anglican Christianity, the term is used to refer to prayers over bread and wine in the service of Holy Communion and for the ordination of a priest to the office of bishop.

Counselor General

Clergy who assist the Apostolic Vicar on behalf of the whole Society in specific ministry matters with his authority.

Deacon
An ordained office that embodies and lives out the servant ministry of Christ. Liturgically the deacon may read the Gospel and assist the priest during communion.

Disciples
A Christian disciple is one who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and is dedicated to living in obedience to His Word (as found in Scripture). Discipleship is the act of learning to live out one’s faith, and the church is called to mentor and guide new believers in the journey of discipleship.
Ecclesiastical
Those things relating to the Christian Church and/or its clergy.

Evangelical
The evangelical tradition within Christianity emphasizes the authority of Scripture, the proclamation of the Gospel, the need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, evangelism and outreach.

Evangelism
Evangelism is the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ, a proclamation empowered by the Holy Spirit such that others believe in Him as Savior and follow Him as Lord within the Christian Church.

Grace
Grace is a divine gift from God—unmerited and freely given as an act of love. In the Christian faith, “grace” refers particularly to God’s gift of salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ but also refers to the acts of love God pours out on His people.

Great Commission
Jesus’ mission to His church is two-fold. First, He commands those in the Church to love the Lord with all of your heart and to love all others as you love yourself (Great Commandments). Additionally, He commands us to go into the world, proclaiming His message of salvation, baptizing new believers and teaching them to obey all He has taught.

Holy Orders
In the Anglican tradition, the church recognizes three “orders”—bishop, priest and deacon who are set aside for ordained ministry. The offices of bishops, priests and deacons are outlined in Scripture and formally established in the early Church. These ancient orders were retained as an expression of continuity with the historic Church.

Laity

A member of the Christian community not ordained into Holy Orders. All members are considered “ministers” whether ordained or not.

Liturgy
Liturgy is a form or rite for public worship offered to God. It typically includes prayers, Scripture reading, preaching, songs and sacraments.

Ministers
The ministers of the church are those, lay and ordained, who serve God as his representatives or ambassadors in the world.

Nicene Creed
The Christian Church recognizes two major creeds—the Nicene and Apostles—as statements of belief which were upheld as authoritative by church councils of the first centuries of the church.

Ordination
Ordination is the service in which individuals are formally “set aside” for service in the church as deacons, priests or bishops. Individuals are “ordained” to these three orders.

Postulant
One who is in the process of preparing for ordination.

Presbyter
An ordained office responsible for spiritual care, teaching and sacramental leadership in the church. Also referred to as Priest.

Priest
An ordained office responsible for spiritual care, teaching and sacramental leadership in the church. Also referred to as Presbyter.

Rector General
The Rector General has authority from the Apostolic Vicar for the administration and supervision of The Mission.

Sacraments
Sacraments are defined as “outward and visible signs of an inward spiritual grace” (gift) given by Christ. There are two Sacraments of the Gospel: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (also called Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion) instituted by Christ directly.

Society of Mission
A society is a religious organization dedicated to the support of Christian mission and apostolic works. Missionary societies, as they are also called, are voluntary associations committed to the work of evangelistic outreach, church planting, and other forms of Christian mission.

Theology
Theology is the study and commentary on the existence and attributes of a god or gods, and of how that god or those gods relate to the world and, especially, to human existence and religious thought; more generally, it is the study of religious faith, practice, and experience, or of spirituality.

Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
The 39 Articles of Religion are the essential beliefs of the Anglican Church established by Convocation of the Church in 1563 based on an earlier set of articles of religion drafted by Thomas Cranmer. Cranmer served as the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1553 until his martyrdom in 1566. Along with Scripture and the ancient Christian Creeds, the Articles of Religion sum up Anglican beliefs.

Vestments
Vestments are the historic robes worn by members of the clergy during worship services and are rooted in the earliest Christian practice. Not all Anglican clergy dress alike—they have dressed differently at different times in history and in different places. Some clergy today dress just like the laity, adding only a stole worn during the celebration of the Sacraments to designate their role in the worship service.

Vestry

A vestry is the body of elected lay members who are responsible for overseeing the legal and financial matters of a church.