Teachings

Chapel Lesson – April 27, 2014

On Sunday, April 27, 2014 in the Historic Chapel, five students (Zachariah Jackson, Jeremiah Davis, Jarius Page, Devonte’ Allen, and Koacher Nails) along with Professor Colin Adams, Department of Psychology, taught how Saint Augustine’s University students can biblically maintain and/or build a level of spirituality through which they are empowered for summer break.  Click on the link below to review the lesson.

 

Christian Worship in the Anglican Tradition

The Saint Augustine’s Historic Chapel is a place of worship where all are welcome to worship in the traditions of the Episcopal Church. Worship is coordinated and led by a full time chaplain, who is a priest under the direction of the Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.   Public worship is held on Sundays during the academic year, along with various programs for students during the week.

As Christians who trace our heritage to the beginnings of Christianity we are inspired by our rich liturgy which retains ancient structure and traditions.  In both our Sunday worship and our weeknight student programs, we uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. During our primary worship, the church encounters God through Word and Sacrament.  The Word of God is proclaimed by reading the Bible, preaching, and affirming the ancient creeds of the Church.  We believe that life is breathed into the scriptures as Christians devote themselves to a scholarly study of the Bible, allowing us to engage the Word of God through the gift of reason.  Our primary creeds are the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed which express our community’s shared identification with the overarching theme of scripture, our belief in a Triune God and the grace and redemption made possible through Jesus Christ. 

The gathered community experiences God’s grace through the sacraments of the Church.  Our Book of Common Prayer defines a sacrament as an “outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.”  We are initiated into the Body of Christ through the sacrament of baptism, giving us an identity as members of the Body of Christ.  We are continually nourished and renewed each week as we participate in Holy Eucharist.  Eucharist means “thanksgiving”, and is therefore an act of self-giving love.  God meets us in the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood where the people receive the Real Presence of Christ.  Through God’s gift to us, God meets us in a tangible way that humans can touch, taste, smell, hear, and see while encountering the spiritual reality of grace.  This central act of Holy Communion within Episcopal worship is open to all baptized Christians, and anticipates the fulfillment of God’s Kingdom.  All are welcome at the Table of God, where you may either partake of the sacrament or receive a blessing by the priest.  This is a moment where we experience joy of reconciliation and the hope of eternal life.

Click here and to learn more about the Eucharist by the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.