Church of the Advent is pressing forward the Kingdom of God in Rochester. Christ the King heals the sick, adopts the isolated, enlightens the confused, and gives rest to the weary. Come serve our King and enter into His beautiful mission. A Christian alone is not a Christian. We need one another. Join us as we preach the ancient faith, administer the sacred mysteries, and prayerfully await the coming of Christ.
The Church sets apart Advent as a season of preparation for the coming of Jesus to bring healing and justice to the world. God calls us to participate in His healing work. Church of the Advent is a mission parish set apart to prepare for this coming of Christ in our lives, homes, and city.
Most of the members of our mission team grew up in the evangelical tradition, where we learned to love Jesus Christ and His Holy Scriptures. As we grew older and saw many of our peers walk away from Christ, we longed to understand the ways the Holy Ghost moved in the Body of Christ across history to redeem the world. The fruit of this longing was a study of the Bible through the eyes of the Church Fathers. Two years of regular Thursday meetings awoke a desire in us to pray and worship in the ways of the saints, martyrs, and doctors of the Church. From this arose a Sunday Evening Prayer service that incorporated incense, icons, and silence – in order that we might engage all our senses, along with our minds, in the worship of the Triune God.
As we invited more of our friends to Evening Prayer, we saw more and more men and women of our generation (and others!) drawn to ancient truth, incarnational worship, and the Anglican way. There was even a request for Morning Prayer, which became a regular part of our week. Inspired by the prophetic vision of Archbishop Robert Duncan, first archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, that every Anglican Church in America would plant churches that share the transforming love of Jesus Christ, we felt called by the Holy Ghost to start a mission parish in Rochester, Michigan.
We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. Therefore, the Anglican Church in North America identifies the following seven elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way, and essential for membership:
We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.
We confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.
We confess the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.
We confess as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian.
Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.
We receive The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1549, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.
We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing the fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.
In all these things, the Anglican Church in North America is determined by the help of God to hold and maintain as the Anglican Way has received them the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ.
“The Anglican Communion,” Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher wrote, “has no peculiar thought, practice, creed or confession of its own. It has only the Catholic Faith of the ancient Catholic Church, as preserved in the Catholic Creeds and maintained in the Catholic and Apostolic constitution of Christ’s Church from the beginning.” It may licitly teach as necessary for salvation nothing but what is read in the Holy Scriptures as God’s Word written or may be proved thereby. It therefore embraces and affirms such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the Scriptures, and thus to be counted apostolic. The Church has no authority to innovate: it is obliged continually, and particularly in times of renewal or reformation, to return to “the faith once delivered to the saints.”
To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a “Mere Christian,” at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.
For more information, we recommend reading To Be a Christian, an Anglican Catechism, the core teaching document of our church.