Christ Church Anglican exists to worship God and proclaim the gospel in South Bend.
In January 2018, a group of Anglican Christians who were living in South Bend but worshipping elsewhere gathered for the first time to pray about planting a new congregation together. This group reached out to Anglican churches and clergy in the Midwest, and, with their encouragement, decided to go forward. At the same time, another Anglican church plant was starting in South Bend. In April 2018, we joined together as Christ Church Anglican South Bend in the Missionary Diocese of CANA East (in the Anglican Church in North America). In December 2018, we called Steven McCarthy to be our first rector.
As the people of God, we are called by him to worship (Psalm 95:6, John 4:23). Throughout the Scriptures, worship is the response of all who know God, on earth as well as in heaven (Revelation 19). God draws us in love, and we approach him with awe, wonder, and reverence (Hebrews 12:28-29).
We worship using the Book of Common Prayer. Its words have been used in worship by Anglicans for nearly five hundred years. The language is sturdy and simple, polished and well-paced, and often poetic. Nearly all of the words that we say in the service are taken directly from the Bible. You can read more about the Anglican tradition here, more about the Scriptures in the Anglican tradition here, and more about the Book of Common Prayer here.
A service of Holy Communion is structured around God’s gifts of word and sacrament. A service of Evening Prayer is structured around hearing God’s word and prayer. Worship does not end when the service concludes. In the strength of the Holy Spirit we are equipped and challenged to go into the world proclaiming the good news of the gospel.
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