In our worship, we find deep meaning in ancient rituals. There are candles, bells and incense. Those serving at the altar are robed in vestments. We take ritual very seriously, yet we are not precious about it. In the flow of worship, a respect for ancient patterns somehow co-mingles with comfortable informality. The congregation actively participates in worship.
We see ourselves like a family in many ways, a small clan-sized group, so we hold one service that all can attend on Sunday mornings. When we worship together, we have a good mix of ages, a balanced ratio of men and women and many who have come from very different traditions. We value our diversity and see it as a strength.
‘The meaning of Jesus Christ is God’s concern for and presence in this world. The Christian faith is not about some god who is an abstract presence somewhere else, but about the living presence of God here and now, in this world, in exactly this world, as people know it, and see it, and touch it, and smell it, and live and work in it. That is why, incidentally, all the well meant talk of ‘making the gospel relevant’ to the life of the world is obscene: it secretly assumes that God is a stranger among us, who has to be introduced to us and to our anxieties and triumphs and issues and efforts. The meaning of Jesus Christ is that the Word of God is addressed to people, to all people, in the very events and relationships, any and every one of them which constitute our existence in this world. That is the theology of the incarnation.’ William Stringfellow