At St. David’s we practise five distinctives of Anglicanism, as a way of knowing God:
1. Catholic – The Anglican Church never meant to create a new church they wanted to be an improvement of the existing church they never saw themselves as starting something separate but wanted to purify and restore the church. Anglicans understand themselves as a part of a larger catholic church.
2. Sacramental – It is a way of understanding that the earth is good, in Genesis 1 notice how at the end of every day God declares his creation good. Anglicans practise the two Gospel sacraments, Holy Communion and Baptism. In the sacrament of Holy Communion/Eucharist we take the common substance of Bread and Wine and see that God is able to facilitate or make himself in everyday life, to strengthen and empower Christian living. Being baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit by water doesn’t change the water’s characteristic, it is still H2O, but water is used as a sign of beginning a new life in Christ. The other sacraments that we observe include Confirmation, Marriage, and Ordination. The Christian rites we practice include; Confession, Anointing, Prayer for the Sick, and the Burial of the Dead.
3. Evangelical – not what the term currently refers to as a political point of view but in its historical sense in that it has a respect for the story of the Bible as life-changing and life giving. As Anglicans, we read the bible as a story, and it becomes something we can embody, something we enter. We see the Bible as the revelation of God to man that records God’s love and invitation to participation in a life with God. The bible is something we live into, not simply give mental assent to.
4. Spiritual Formation – is very much about rhythm and routine where there is an emphasis on creating holy religious rhythms and routines that actually become spiritual and that fit within our regular day to day routines of our lives. The Book of Common Prayer was written to have at home, as well as the church, to assist people in learning to pray for following the examples of Morning Prayer, Noon Day Prayer, Evening Prayer, Compline.
5. Person and work of the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is the gift of God the Father who fills our lives, like the Apostles and others in Scripture, enabling us to live godly lives that are pleasing to God. The Holy Spirit is a full participant in the life of the Trinity that is made up of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the continuing presence of Jesus, He is the Comforter and the Continuator of the work of Christ.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. -Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:7-9
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” -Isaiah 35:4
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. -Psalm 18:2
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. -Psalm 18:32-36
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Isaiah 40:31
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. -2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. -Ephesians 3:17-19
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. -Ephesians 3:20-21
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory. -Philippians 4:19
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” -1 Peter 3:14
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10:23
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. -Psalm 28:7