SHARING THE LOVE OF CHRIST AND HIS NEWNESS OF LIFE
BIBLICAL MISSIONAL SACRAMENTAL LITURGICAL GLOBAL
Church of the Ascension is a new parish of the Anglican Network in Canada seeking to reach out to people of many backgrounds and traditions in the growing community of Langley, B.C.
Our purpose is to share in the gathering love of Christ so that His newness of life may reach every heart and home in our community.
We especially welcome those who are new to our community, new to church or those have not been involved with a church for a long time. We have learned that there are many people from a variety of backgrounds that seek a church that is biblical, missional, sacramental, liturgical and global.
WE'RE ABOUT KNOWING GOD
Christianity is unique among world views. It is not a religion – which is human effort exerted to reach the Divine. Rather, it is a relationship – a relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ. That is what we are made for.
But we have rebelled against God (we call this “sin”) by placing ourselves at the centre of our existence. Sin is not simply specific actions contrary to God’s law, but primarily an attitude of heart and mind which says, “I know better than God”. Sin is a mindset that chooses my own way, not God’s, in my life. Sin says “I know better than God what is best for me.” Sin is the broken relationship with God who made us and loves us. Sin is also expressed in the broken relationships with our inner selves, other people, and the physical creation.
What has God done about this state we are in?
The stunning news is that God has taken it upon Himself to reconcile us to Him. He has done this through His own Son, Jesus the Messiah (Christ).
Jesus was rejected by humanity, brutally tortured, and died, taking upon Himself the righteous judgment and punishment (death) our rebellion deserves, so that we can stand before God washed of our sin. It’s not that sin disappears into thin air, however. Justice demands that sin be “paid for”. The sentence must be served in full. Jesus does this for all humanity as our substitute.
How do we respond to what God has done? He tells us that we must repent (change course, do a ‘180’) from trying to create and run our own lives, and believe in His Son (that is, trust in who Jesus is, and what He has done for us). To be a Christian is to live in response to what God has done.
And God has designed us to live in community. The Church (a local congregation or gathering of Christians) is God’s goal: His people living in His creation under His rule.
If you are pondering life’s big spiritual questions, or are interested in learning more about God and faith, or perhaps want to connect with others who are searching for more in life, then we invite you to visit us or contact us. We’d love to talk to you.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Since 325 A.D. the Nicene Creed has described the essential elements of what Christians believe. At the Church of the Ascension, we still say it together on Sundays to remind ourselves of how deep and rich our faith is.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
ANiC is a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America and part of the Biblically-faithful global Anglican Fellowship which affirms the authority of Scriptures and the Jerusalem Declaration.
Serving under the leadership of Diocesan Bishop Charlie Masters in Ontario and Trevor Walters, the regional bishop for Western Canada (based in Victoria, BC), the pastoral team of the Church of the Ascension leads our church family in worship, teaching and pastoral care.