Joe, Ian, Mark outside 1 smallOn September 27th Deacon Joe Robertson was Ordained to the presbytery by The Rt. Rev. Ian Anderson. Surrounded by the congregation as well as family and friends Rev. Robertson was ordained and installed as the Parochial Vicar for Resurrection Anglican Church in Saint Augustine, FL. We look forward to many years of ministry together with Rev. Robertson as he embarks on this new chapter in his life. Rev. Robertson is a graduate of the Ryle Anglican Institute and is married to Pamela Robertson. They have three Children.

 


The Protestant Episcopal Church has changed its name to The Reformed Anglican Church (RAC).  We hope that the new name will more accurately reflect who we are.

We are Evangelical, Biblical, Reformed, and Anglican.

We are not trying to be all things to all people.  That simple statement reflects hard lessons learned through a tumultuous generation for Anglicans.

Many are seeking to fashion new, broad Anglican denominations.  Broadly formulated denominations offer the prospect of large churches and perhaps the conceit of establishing a denomination that encompasses the church universal.  We believe that these broad formulations are formulas for continuing tumult.

Our little fellowship is intended to be free of squabbles, a place for people who agree with one another to work together ­– our clergy are to be a band of brothers.  We hope that our witness will edify the body of Christ as a whole and help fulfill the Great Commission.

Evangelical: We believe that the Gospel should be clearly and compelling presented as the means of fulfilling the Great Commission.  We remember that the commission includes making disciples, baptizing, and teaching.

Biblical:  We champion expository preaching, and the teaching of God’s Word in many settings.  Not every Christian is called to be a teacher, but every Christian should be a student of God’s Word.

Reformed: The timeless doctrines of grace were clearly understood and articulated at the time of the Reformation of the Church.  Today, as much as in any day, they are the truths by which we are made alive and live in the freedom for which Christ has made us free.

Anglican:  We believe that in particular the Anglican patterns of devotion (the Prayer Book), and godly order express our Gospel centered, biblical, and Reformed faith.  We can be people of Word and Sacrament; we can be a people of doctrine and devotion.

We are few, a handful of clergy and churches.  Our goal is to do our work for the building of God’s kingdom to his glory.  We require a denominational setting where we can work in good conscience and free from conflict.  We will prayerfully add to our number those who agree.  As the expression goes, “we are looking for a few good men.”

Our method is to establish and build local churches.  This does not mean that existing churches or men called to other ministries are not welcome; it does mean that church “planting” is our priority.

Join Us!

www.thereformedanglicanchurch.org

 

 


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In mid-March, 2007 a handful of concerned Episcopalians gathered for a meeting to prayerfully discern and discuss the viability of planting an Anglican church in the Palencia – World Golf Village area.  It was their fervent desire to restore and reclaim the orthodox Biblical beliefs and teachings they regarded as diminished in the mainline denomination.  A month later the first service was held in a converted storefront, and Resurrection Anglican Church was planted.  Its first Rector, the Rev. Frank Castillo, cited its sole purpose, “To advance the word of God in its pure, unadulterated form while adhering to the authentic Anglican expression of our faith.” He continued, “Resurrection exists to reflect and espouse the true spirit of the Gospel; not to embrace the desires of a misguided age.”

Through the years, the dedicated people of Resurrection Anglican Church have lived out their commitment to God and neighbor. Their congregation, comprised of faithful Episcopalians from St. John’s and Duval Counties, are committed to traditional, liturgical worship guided by authoritative Biblical teaching.  With moderate growth and sustained resources, the church has expanded and was able to purchase and renovate a new facility to continue its growth and presence in the community.

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Now, under the direction of its second Rector, The Rt. Rev. Ian D. Anderson, the congregation of Resurrection Anglican Church lifted praise and thanksgiving to God at a service of dedication held Sunday, October 13th, in their beautiful new church home in Palencia.  The Rt. Rev. Ian Anderson, Rector of Resurrection Anglican Church, presided at the dedication of the new building and memorial altar.

 

amazing Grace played by PM Jim Sloan

amazing Grace played by PM Jim Sloan

 

With Jim Sloan Bagpiping Amazing Grace and a luncheon featuring a wonderful layer cake with the church shield.

Resurrection Anglican Church is located at 272 Paseo Reyes Drive, St. Augustine, right behind the Starbucks.


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, amen. 

Preamble: 

The Reformed Anglican Church declares itself to be part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. We declare ourselves to be Anglican inasmuch as we maintain within the universal Church the witness of the English Reformation. 

Article One. Of Our Faith: 

We believe that the Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, do not merely contain the Word of God but are the Word of God by divine, verbal, and plenary inspiration. We receive the Word of God as our rule of faith and practice. We believe as Article VI of the Thirty-nine Articles says that the Holy Scriptures “containeth all things necessary to salvation.” We believe that the Scriptures as God’s word in human language require interpretation, but neither the limits of human language, nor the perspectives of the age in which they were inspired preclude God communicating or our understanding his intended meaning. We believe the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed to be faithful summaries of essential, Biblical truth. We receive the judgments of the first four Ecumenical Councils. We receive the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion as expressions of our Reformed Faith. 

Article Two. Of Our Practice: 

We believe that our lives as Christians should be ordered according to the proclamation of the Gospel, preaching of the Word, faithful administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and liturgical worship using the Book of Common Prayer, recognizing that its use should neither preclude free prayer nor accommodation to local use, and that the church has the right to amend it as long as the faith is kept entire. We receive for use in the church the 1928 American Book of Common Prayer and it’s Antecedents retaining full right to revise as long as the faith is kept entire. 

Article Three. Of Church Order: 

We believe that the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church has one head, the Lord Jesus Christ. All charged with authority in their generation must follow his example of humility and instruction that the first be last and the servant of all. 

We receive as consistent with the Biblical record that there are two orders of Christian ministry, deacons and presbyters. We recognize that the presbyter is charged with spiritual authority in the local church setting. We believe that from ancient times certain roles fulfilled by presbyters and the apostles themselves devolved to presbyters given a wider charge and office as bishops. In this sense, we believe in an historic episcopacy. Those branches of Christ’s church are successors of the Apostles that maintain the Apostles’ doctrine and thereby apostolic fellowship. 

We believe that church councils and synods are a necessary means of determining the divine will for the church and that their consensus should not be ignored, suppressed, or manipulated by those in church orders and offices. 

We believe that the church has learned that church property should reside with the local parish lest coercion replace conscience in the order of the church. 

We believe the final calling of a pastor should reside with the local parish in cooperation with the godly counsel of the Bishop Ordinary. 

Article Four. Our Witness to the Means of Righteousness: 

We dedicate ourselves to fulfilling the Great Commission through the proclamation of the Gospel, the establishment of churches, the support of missions, Christian schooling, ministries devoted to raising children in the faith, and the fostering of continual spiritual growth of lay and ordained adults. 

Article Five. Our Witness for Righteousness: 

We dedicate ourselves to speaking publicly for the liberty and dignity of each person as created in the image of God. Additionally, we dedicate ourselves to speaking for the protection of the unborn, infirm, and unwanted, and for biblical morality and marriage. 

Article Six. Our Relation to the Anglican Communion: 

We are not a part of the Anglican Communion of Churches. We seek no institutional reform of, recognition by, or union with the Anglican Communion. We believe that churches of the Anglican Communion have not only tolerated, but also embraced doctrines, practices, and morality contrary to the teaching of the Bible. 

Article Seven. Of Doctrines and Practices We find contrary to Biblical doctrine and the historic practice of the faith: 

In endeavoring to preserve an evangelical and Reformed witness, 

1) We believe that the following doctrines are contrary to Scripture: a) that the Church of Christ exists only in one order or form of ecclesiastical polity, b) that the Lord’s table is an altar on which the body and blood of Jesus is offered anew and, that the presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper is a real presence in the elements of bread and wine, c) that regeneration is inseparably connected with Christian baptism d) that Christian presbyters are “priests” in another sense than that in which each believer is a priest in “a royal priesthood.” When the term “priest” is used of ministers in this church, it should be understood to mean simply “presbyter.” 

2) We believe that the Holy Spirit does not speak to the Church today in ways contrary to or that would amend the Word of God. The canonical books of the Old and New Testament constitute God’s complete, special, verbal revelation to mankind. We reject theories of biblical interpretation that justify placing personal and private meanings upon the text. We understand that faithful interpretation of the Word of God seeks the original, intended meaning of God. 

3) We believe that it is contrary to the Word of God both to ordain a woman deacon or presbyter, and to consecrate a woman as bishop. We affirm and encourage the lay ministry of women as vital to the proper function and mission of the body of Christ. 

4) We believe that men in sexual relationships other than as God’s Word allows, as “the husband of one wife,” are disqualified from church orders. 

5) We believe that baptism by the Holy Spirit brings regeneration. We reject the teaching of baptism by the Holy Spirit as a “second blessing.” We believe that the Holy Spirit produces spiritual fruit in every Christian. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given severally and as God the Holy Spirit wills. We reject that any gift of the Spirit is for every believer. We reject that the gift of Apostleship continued beyond the first generation of the Church. We pray that God the Holy Spirit will continually fill our Church, bringing us spiritual renewal. 

Article Eight. Of the Charge to the Presbyters met in Synod: 

The presbyters met in synod shall work together to provide for the material and spiritual life and mission of the church. 

We the undersigned unanimously consent to this constitution, on the third day of February, in the year of our Lord, Two-Thousand and Ten. 

In witness whereof, we set our hands upon this document at the meeting of a Synod at St. Augustine, Florida. 

May God in his grace have mercy upon the Protestant Episcopal Church, amen.


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3We purchased our new church facility on March 15, 2013 and we have been busy getting everything in place. We couldn’t be more pleased.  Our new home is finally “Home.”  If you are looking for uncompromising faith and the love of a good    church family. We invite you to join us!

 

 

WELCOME HOME!!!


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Anglican liturgy can often feel like the Sunday morning work-out of the people of God: Sit. Stand. Kneel. It’s morning gym at your local church. Spiritual aerobics. The word “liturgy” is derived from the Greek word for “work of the people”.

Jesus didn’t leave detailed instructions on worship. But he did say “do this in remembrance of me.” So Anglicans DO things in their services. And the “do” of Jesus is plural – so we do things TOGETHER, as a community. The community is bigger than this Sunday morning church congregation – in fact it is bigger than the local area. There are Anglicans (Episcopalians) essentially doing the same all around the world. And we’ve been effectively doing this for a hundred thousand Sundays. Imagine it as one big community across space and time – doing worship. Has any other command ever been so obeyed: “do this.”

As Christians we do not need to barter with God, ‘if you do this for me I’ll do this for you,’ searching for some sort of divine reward… that presumes God is in our debt.  As an example Paul’s vision of ethical Christian conduct is based, not on bargaining with a petulant God, but on responsive gratitude to One who has acted decisively in our favor: “Rejoice in the Lord always …. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil. 4:4,6).

Paul’s consistent theme in his letters to the church insists that Jesus’ death and resurrection lies at the heart of baptism and Eucharist. Paul’s message is Cross-centered, we celebrate our adoption as sons and daughters of God as an “Easter People” celebrating Jesus’ life death and resurrection.

For us, Christian life and worship are two sides of a coin. A single word summarizes the meaning of both: “thanksgiving” (Greek: eucharistia, “eucharist”). Liturgy is not an attempt to get God’s attention; nor is it a form of brokering wherein debts are reckoned and payments made.

Liturgy is God’s work for and among us. The only liturgy that “counts” is the Cross, because there our freedom is fully and finally achieved — not because we wanted it that way, but because God acted when we were utterly helpless to act. When Anglican Christians assemble to pray, hear the word, and break bread, they are not performing some dusty irrelevant cultic practice.  We are reacting gratefully to the liturgy which God gave us to do as we celebrate the sacrifice made once and for all in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and the sure promise that He is coming again.