At Holy Trinity Edmonds we affirm the Anglican tradition of reliance on; The Word of God, the history of The Church, and Reason. Along with this our values define who we are and what we do.
Reflection – (Psalm 139:23, Luke 5:16, Mark 1:35)
In our culture today life is busy, we live in a fast paced world that demands a lot from us. Add that to the value that our culture places on being busy and you quickly realize how hard it is to just stop and reflect. Reflection happens in many different ways but remains vital for our health (spiritual, emotional, physical) both individually and corporately. In our weekly worship services this takes the form of times where silence is kept throughout the liturgy and during the Prelude. It takes the form of retreat in our quarterly rhythms. And it takes the form of study, prayer, silence, and solitude in the daily spiritual practices of the individual. Reflection includes reflection on; self, others, God, and the world around us. When we slow down, take notice, and reflect we allow space for the Holy Spirit to speak to us so that we might live a life focused on God, for the sake of others.
Recognition – (Psalm 46:10-11, John 1:1-5, 1 Corinthians 2:9-13, Hebrews 13:15-17)
God is working all around us, we just need to notice. If we are to be a part of God’s mission we must first recognize that He is at work in our midst. We must have eyes to see God at work in ourselves, in others, in our city, our state, country and world. Then we can join in on what the Holy Spirit is already doing and join Jesus’ mission of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. Recognition of God and His work is vital if we are to be missional Christians living for the sake of others. Recognition takes place in our weekly worship services during the readings from the Word of God, during the homily (teaching), during our worship through music and during the Eucharist. Recognition takes place in our lives corporately and individually when we listen to the Holy Spirit as he shares God’s heart with us (1 Corinthians 2:9-13).
Revitalization – (Romans 12:2, 2 Peter 1:5-9, Ephesians 2:19-22, Galatians 5:16-26, Luke 9:23-25)
We are revitalized by the Holy Spirit as we are being made into the image of God each day. This process offers a great paradox where we are both; made new when we believe and confess that Jesus is Lord and that he died and rose again for our salvation through the waters of baptism, and are being made new continually as we intentionally pursue the Kingdom of God in our own lives for the sake of others. This involves a reliance on the Holy Spirit as well as a intentional dedication to character change in our daily lives as we strive to become mature disciples of Christ for the sake of others.