Should Epworth be your church?
Epworth is Wesleyan in theology, Anglican in worship, orthodox in teaching, evangelical in mission, and ecumenical in thought.
When we say Epworth uses hymns, we mean, in part, a text which expresses progression and development of thought and can stand alone as poetic literature.
Lectionary Scripture Readings
The canonical Scripture is used in the way for which it was primarily written--public reading--and comprehensively, so that with four readings each Sunday over a three-year period, the whole story of God's saving actions is presented in context and the Holy Spirit speaks anew the timeless truth of God.
The preaching and teaching that occur at Epworth always remain fully centered in the universally accepted creeds of the Church and in the Church's traditional understandings of the teachings of Christ and the canonical Scripture, without politics or doctrinal improvisation.
An extended part of each Sunday's service is prayer by the people--not merely via a pastoral prayer--with petitions for the Church, the nations, all human labor, all Creation, all ministers, peace, unbelievers, sufferers, enemies, a congregation, a ministry, those who reside in the Epworth parish, and the needs and concerns of this congregation, and with thanksgivings for the blessings the people enjoy and have received.
We believe and know that the Father graciously answers our prayer that we may "so experience the spiritual presence of your dear Son Jesus Christ at this your table, that we may be made clean by his body and blood". We see no need to declare which of the theories or ideas of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist is the right one to the exclusion of others, if any of them is. As hymnwriter Charles Wesley put it, "Angels 'round our altars bow to search it out, in vain."
Epworth's worship is intentionally liturgical, imitative of the Word & Table forms of worship which have come down to us through many centuries of use in the Christian Church generally, integrated from start to finish without rambling or diversion, interactive rather than only watched and heard, inter-relational rather than privatized, and internalized with confidence in the Holy Spirit's ability to present Christ effectually to each worshiper's mind and heart.
All of this occurs in real time, ordered by the Christian calendar in such a way that we live the life of Christ with Him: the times and events of the Gospels lived as our times and events.
Really Good Discussion
When we say Epworth has "really good discussion", we mean that the whole of the worship service is the content for moderated-and moderate-discussion, testimony and insight afterward about the worship experience, without walls or politics.
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Sunday services are held at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday evening prayers are at 7:00 p.m.
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