Our Parish Purpose

Our Parish Purpose

:The purpose of the Church of the Holy Apostles is to glorify God through worship, discipleship, stewardship, fellowship, and love.

Worship

The worship of Almighty God is our expression of love for Him, and the primary service in which we worship is the Holy Eucharist. At Holy Apostles, our worship is in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. We use the Rite I liturgy from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the traditional Psalter, and our celebration is in the traditional east-facing direction.

Our Sunday services are celebrated at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The 8:00 a.m. service is a Said Mass, unaccompanied by music. The 10:00 a.m. service is a Sung Mass, with hymns. On major feast days our worship may be augmented by special music.

We offer a weekday service on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m., and we celebrate Mass on major saints' days and other events in the liturgical calendar as announced.

Discipleship

To be a disciple is to be a pupil. We are to be pupils under a master, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are also to be about making disciples:
"And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.'" (Matthew 28:18b-20)

Christian education and spiritual formation are part of our discipleship. Outreach and service ministries are expressions of discipleship. Jesus said to his disciples, As you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.” (Matt. 25:40)

Stewardship

As Christians, we acknowledge that all things are God’s and that everything we possess in this world is only temporary. Or, as St. Paul notes in his first epistle to Timothy, “for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.”

As stewards of God's gifts, we each have an individual responsibility and share in a corporate responsibility to use our time, our talents and our treasure in ways that glorify God and contribute to the expansion of His kingdom.

Fellowship and Love

God made us to be loved and to love. At Holy Apostles, our expressions of fellowship and love take many forms: worshipping together, enjoying conversation after church, sharing meals on special occasions, participating in parish work days, visiting a brother or sister in hospital or at home, welcoming a visitor, and more.

Jesus said, "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 neighbor as thyself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."