About Blessed Trinity Church
The Church..."on behalf of others"Jesus comes to us, not to be served, but to serve. Jesus gave his life that we might given new life. Jesus overcame death that we might come to know him now and always. Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected "on behalf of others." As a community walking in the way of Jesus, we too, The Church, are learning to live in the Goodness of God and "on behalf of others."
Our Purpose and Mission
The 5 Biblical Purposes at Blessed Trinity Church
THOU shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hand all the Law and the Prophets. [Summary of the Law]
GO ye therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. [Matthew 28.17]
Our Mission at Blessed Trinity Church
Walking in fellowship together in the way of Jesus, participating in the divine purpose of God who is love, made known in the Word of God in Holy Scripture, in the Apostles' teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers.
We are ChristianWe have no special or unique beliefs that have not been held by Christians throughout the two thousand year history of the Church and throughout the world and by all.
We are AnglicanThere are four aspects of Christian belief that Anglicans hold as the way of Jesus:
The Bible, Holy Scripture, is the Word of God, revealing truth for living our lives in the Goodness of God.
Christians have been connected for 2000 years and throughout the world in the salvation that comes from Jesus Christ. The Apostles' and Nicene Creeds are the Church's Statements of this Faith.
Baptism and Holy Communion as Sacraments of the Gospel as assurance of God giving grace so that we might live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Apostolic Order handed down from Jesus' Twelve Apostles to the present for the leadership of Christ's Church.
Our Blessed Trinity Church Statement of Faith
In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Alpine Anglican Church of the Blessed Trinity (referred to in these Bylaws as “the Church”) has been incorporated as a non-profit religious corporation under the laws of the State of California, affording the temporal rights and privileges and imposing upon it the duties and obligations of an independent corporation.
The Church affirms the proclamation in Word and Sacrament the Evangelical and Catholic Faith of Jesus Christ, embodied in its Statement of Faith. Our Statement of Faith binds the principle, purpose, and mission of the Church.Our Statement of Faith
Reflecting faithful Christian life in AnglicanismPREAMBLE
Throughout the history of the Christian Church, the unity and substance of the Gospel have come under powerful cultural, philosophical, and religious attack. At such times, it has been necessary to confess clearly, unequivocally, and publicly "the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints". (Jude 3)
WE THEREFORE CONFESS AND REAFFIRM:
- The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation. Interpreted within the Tradition of the Christian Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures in their entirety, are the reliable, trustworthy, and canonical witness of God’s full self-revelation in Jesus Christ, and are our rule and decisive authority in matters of faith and morals.
- The Nicene Creed to be the sufficient statement of the Christian Faith. It cannot be altered, minimized, or denied by any local authority or baptized Christian without grave error or heresy.
- The Apostolic Orders of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon bestowed upon men, according to the intention and example of Christ in choosing the twelve Apostles and followed in the universal practice of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
- The Sacrament of Marriage to be a life long union between husband and wife, one male and one female, as established by God in creation.
- The Holy Sacraments are promised and certain means of grace given by Christ, and are embodied in Catholic traditions and practices which have stood the test of time.
- The Unity of the Church for which Our Lord prayed on the night before he died. We are bound to repudiate any action and teaching that willfully places an erroneous and insurmountable theological or moral obstacle in the way of reconciliation and full visible unity within and between Anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches.
Our Diocese and Province
Diocese of Mid-America (recdma.org | DMA)
The Reformed Episcopal Church (rechurch.org | REC or REChurch)
The Diocese of Mid-America is a diocese of the Reformed Episcopal Church having been organized in the United States of America over 135 years ago as a continued expression of Anglicanism.
The Anglican Church in North America (anglicanchurch.net | ACNA)
The Reformed Episcopal Church is one of the founding jurisdictions of Anglicans who with the encouragement of world Anglican leaders were encouraged to unify in forming the Anglican Church in North America and to be in communion with the majority of Anglicans throughout the world. The vast majority of Anglicans are in Africa and Asia. Anglicans are the third largest group of Christians throughout the world (Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox Churches being the two largest).