O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him… – Psalm 96:9
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! And welcome to our website. If you have not yet been to St. Agnes by-the-Lake, we hope you will be able to visit us soon. We are a small, diverse, and close-knit community of Christians who share in the love of Jesus as we live out our faith and discipleship in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Episcopal Church.
Everything that we believe in and do as Christians begins with worship. For us, we are blessed with a beautiful, historic building in a lovely setting. Our worship and ritual utilize traditional English language, combined with traditional hymns, chant, and other music. We worship this way, not merely because we like it or because it’s part of our particular heritage. We do this because we believe that the proper offering of our very best, whatever that happens to be, is pleasing to God.
But there is more to this…
Week by week, we hear and are instructed in God’s Holy Word. The Gospels proclaim God’s unfathomable love for us, so much so that he sent his only Son to take on our humanity… this same Jesus who, in atonement for our sinful nature, offered himself on the cross… and finally, who bestows on us the sure guarantee that, like him, we too will share in his Resurrection to eternal life. Week by week receive the very presence of our Lord… his Body and Blood… in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar. In this, we receive the assurance that we are a forgiven people, reconciled to God and one another. We are also given, in this sacred meal, a foretaste of that heavenly banquet which is ours in eternity.
This is indeed cause for heartfelt praise and thanksgiving. Psalm 96 reminds us that God alone is worthy of praise, and that all idols surrounding us (including those of our own devising) are nothing. All people, indeed all of God’s creation… in heaven and earth… sea, plain, and forest… are created to praise him who created all things.
May we worship together soon! And may the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Fr. Robert Hoppe, vicar
Celebrating Classic Christian Liturgies with Anglican Style