Christ Church Kelowna is a project within the Anglican Network in Canada, a diocese within the Anglican Church of North America. We are a small group of Christians who cherish the Catholic and Reformed character of the historic Anglican tradition: biblically faithful, liturgically rich, theologically robust, aesthetically thoughtful, historically rooted, and most of all, resolutely focused on the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ to the praise of the Triune God.
Martin Luther says in his sixty-second thesis that “the true treasure of the church is the most holy Gospel of the glory and grace of God.” This is crucial to understanding who we are as a church and why we are Anglicans. The Anglican Way is compelling because of the way it offers us the Gospel: God’s abundant mercy towards undeserving sinners and his sovereign, saving action towards us in Jesus Christ. As a community we treasure this most holy Gospel, and at Christ Church we believe, along with the late J.I. Packer, that here in the Anglican Way we possess one of the richest heritages in all Christendom.
On Thursday evenings, we worship together as Christians have done for centuries, using the traditional Anglican service of Evening Prayer. To this rhythm of ancient prayers we also add the vibrant sound of contemporary music, using traditional and modern hymns and choruses. Each week Pastor Jon, the Rector (Senior Pastor) of Christ Church, leads us in a short reflection on Holy Scripture as we place ourselves as a community of believers beneath the authority of God’s Word.
We are not yet a parish church. We are a church project, thinking, praying, dreaming, and working towards becoming a flourishing, fully-functioning Anglican church in Kelowna, British Columbia: a Gospel-treasuring church that leads people into the Kingdom of God, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by displaying the glory of Jesus Christ.
“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” Psalm 36:9 One of the wonders of walking with God is the promise that as we spend time in his presence, reading his Word, seeking him in private prayer, attending public worship, the light we receive from him enables us … Read more
For the Church Father, John Chrysostom (the golden-mouthed preacher of the fourth century), there were some portions of Scripture that should be read every day by the Christian, without fail. One of these was Psalm 63. Here we read in verse 3, “Your steadfast love is better than life.” For Chrysostom, this was a truth … Read more