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Our Worship Life at Saint Andrew's 

At the core of our Christian identity is a deep commitment to prayer and worship. Our worship life at Saint Andrew's is rooted in the beauty of the Anglo-Catholic tradition—a tradition committed to experiencing God with our entire body and soul. The Anglo-Catholic tradition finds its beginning in 19th-century England.This awakening of catholic identity within Anglicanism comes out of the great minds professors and priests at Oxford University. However, the movement quickly spread outside of the world of academia, and began to grow and flourish in English country sides, urban streets, and city slums. It did not take long for this movement to spread to the United States, and by the late 1800's many churches, like Saint Andrews, began to open its doors. 

The Anglo-Catholic tradition invites us to acknowledge the transcendence of God and participate in the worship of God. While committed to ritual and worship, Anglo-Catholicism is not merely a style of worship but a worldview. It's a worldview that upholds the understanding that we can encounter God in physical and tangible ways. As a community, we experience this week to week, day to day, in the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, God reveals God's self to us in bread and wine. In the Eucharist, we encounter the true presence of God. In the Eucharist, God reminds us that we can encounter the divine in the world around us; that wherever we are, God will be too.

 At Saint Andrew's, our faith in God and our knowledge of God's faithfulness towards us are at the heart of our common life. We come together to worship God as we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We worship God in the reading of scripture, our gathering around God's altar, and singing hymns of praise and thanksgiving. Our liturgy binds us together, not only with those present on Sunday, but with all believers from ages past, both living and dead. In our worship of God, we experience the love of God as revealed to humanity in Jesus Christ. In the Eucharist we are invited to be partakers in his divinity.