INTERNATIONAL COMMUNION OF THE CHARISMATIC EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The notion of time helps us celebrate life by marking and recalling the important dates and events in our lives. Time also has an important place in our spiritual life: It helps us connect with God and with His Story (of which we are a part.) The Liturgical calendar is organized around the events in the life of Christ, celebrating Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and return.
On the Christian church calendar, the current season is EPIPHANY. The word "epiphany" means "making God manifest." It marks the manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles. It reminds us that while Jesus was a Jew and spoke largely to Jewish crowds during his life on Earth, he also spoke to non-Jews. It was made very clear to the Apostles after the crucifixion that they were to spread the Word to all, Jewish or otherwise. The color used for Christmas liturgies is white.
The Charismatic Episcopal Church is comprised of men and women of faith gathered from diverse backgrounds seeking an expression of the church that is fully sacramental — liturgical, evangelical, and charismatic; a church that is submitted to the authority of scripture, as interpreted by the continuing witness of the ancient church, and governed by consensus. Our worship is Biblical, liturgical and Spirit filled, ancient and contemporary, holy and joyful. We are committed to advancing God’s kingdom by proclaiming the Gospel to the least, the lost, and the lonely.
We are a governed by Bishops in apostolic succession who are humbly submitted to the leading of the Holy Spirit and to each other. We are a house of prayer at all levels of government, desiring to hear the voice of God. Decisions are made in council upon coming to consensus. The church is administered by the orders of Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Laity. All baptized Christians are ministers of the Church.
We are a church that is fully Sacramental/Liturgical. At the center of our worship is the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist (The Lord’s Supper) in which we believe is the Real Presence of Christ. We celebrate the living historic forms of the liturgies of the Church and the seven Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist ( The Lord’s Supper), Confession, Healing, Holy Orders, and Holy Matrimony.
We are a Church that is fully Evangelical, holding to a high view of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, believing them to contain all things necessary for salvation; nothing can be taught as necessary for salvation that is not contained therein. We are committed to the preaching of the Gospel to fulfill the great commission. We believe that we are saved by grace alone and justified by faith in Christ who is calling us to a personal relationship with Him.
As a Church that is fully Charismatic, we are open to the continued working of the Holy Spirit in both our worship and daily lives. We believe that through the baptism of the Holy Spirit all believers are empowered to participate in the fullness of ministry. The baptism of the Holy Spirit releases in the believer both the fruit and gifts of the Spirit for the building up of the Church and the advancement of the Kingdom.
The Charismatic Episcopal Church is not and has never been affiliated with the Episcopal Church USA or the Anglican Communion. Pastors and churches in Florida who wish to be part of the Convergence or Three-Streams movement (Evangelical, Sacramental, and Charismatic) are invited to contact The Most Reverend David Simpson, Bishop Diocese of Florida, at CanonDSimpson@cs.com or visit our national web page www.cechome.com for more information.
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