Our story began a long time ago...
The death and resurrection of the Jewish Rabbi Jesus in AD 30 transformed his small group of uneducated, fearful disciples into dynamic, courageous leaders. In the power of the Holy Spirit, these disciples carried the message of Jesus the Lord to the very ends of the known world. Tradition has it that Paul ordained one of these disciples, Aristobulus, mentioned in Romans 16:10, who bravely took the good news of Jesus into Britain. By AD 208 the great Church Father Tertullian writes, "In districts of Britain inaccessible to the Romans but subdued to Christ...the kingdom and name of Christ are venerated." The Church took root in the rich soil of Britain.
This is why we are called Anglicans. The word Anglican originates from the medieval Latin phrase ecclesia anglicana, which simply means the English Church. This ancient way of being a Christian, has been preserved and molded by God through the many challenges arising out of the last two millennia. Additionally God has spread this ecclesia anglicana throughout the entire world. Today the Anglican Communion is a worldwide communion of over 85 million members making it the third largest communion of Christians on the planet. Believe it or not, today the majority of Anglicans don't reside in England but in Africa!
As an ancient expression of Christianity, Anglicans take Christian unity seriously and seek to embody what the Anglican C.S. Lewis called Mere Christianity. In other words, we want to major on the majors and minor on the minors. As a result, much diversity exists within Anglicanism, yet we stand on the following four principles:
(1) The Holy Scripture, Old and New Testament, is our foundation because it contains all things necessary to salvation.
(2) The Creeds (specifically, the Apostles and Nicene Creeds) are the sufficient statement of Christian faith. The Nicene Creed is a statement of faith written in response to incorrect teaching and accepted by the entire Church in the fourth century. The Apostles Creed is similar but shorter and normally used in conjunction with baptisms.
(3) The Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are central to Christian life and worship. Jesus instituted both the practice of Baptism and Holy Communion during his ministry and gave them to his disciples. The Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual divine grace.
(4) We follow the historical model of Church governance known as the episcopacy. A bishop is the chief pastor over pastors in a certain region and over deacons who serve the Church. This model is adapted to differing cultural contexts.
Ancient and Alive
Ancient does not mean dead. Like a healthy mature oak with deep roots that tap into the aquifer, this ancient Christian path utilizes its rich heritage to grow into the future by the power of the always relevant Word of God and Holy Spirit.
When you come worship with us, you may find that we worship in a way which seems odd or foreign to you. We worship in the same manner that Christians have worshiped for centuries. This order of worship is called liturgy. The liturgy provides a way for all of us to pray together. As you pray with us you’ll find that the prayers are actually straight from the pages of Scripture. The entire service centers on the reading of Scripture, its exposition in preaching, and Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist).
When Christians assemble together to worship God, God comes to meet them. In worship we enter into his presence before his divine throne. That’s why the service contains many of the same elements of the worship that John sees in his vision of heaven in Revelation 7:9-10:
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
We are a praying people. And we believe that through praying the Scripture, the Holy Spirit shapes us more and more into the image of Jesus. God’s Word and Sacrament change and empower us to love others through acts of service in our daily lives for Georgetown, TX and the world.
Growing in Christ Today
In the Spring of 2012, Light of Christ Anglican Church began her life as a satellite mission of Christ Church Austin. Our first service was held on July 1, 2012 in Sun City, TX. A little more than a year later, The Rev. Dr. Steve Pope was called as Light of Christ’s first pastor. The Rev. Dr. Steve Pope along with the assistance of The Rev. Billy Disch worked together to nurture the church. As we continued to grow, the Holy Spirit began to guide us toward reaching out to the families and youth of Georgetown, TX. The move to meet in City Lights Theatre accorded with our desire to reach out beyond ourselves with God’s good news of Jesus. And with this same purpose in mind, The Rev. Kurt Hein was called as Rector and began his ministry with us on Nov 28, 2015.
At Light of Christ we focus on the important fundamentals of walking along the path of Jesus as his disciples. We are the family of God meeting around his table of thanksgiving, listening to his stories, eating his spiritual food, and encouraging one another in fellowship and prayer. Through this life together, each one of us is empowered and equipped to go out and love our neighbors in our specific God-given realms of influence. In light of Christ’s grace toward us, we worship God through “presenting ourselves as living sacrifices” at our jobs, schools, homes, etc. In doing so, we pray that we, in every increasing measure, live into our name as Light of Christ Georgetown.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.