St. John’s is an Anglican parish church serving Christ in Boerne, TX and the surrounding area.
Another way to say that: We are a local community of the universal household of God.
The Church is a Family, and like other families, we have both extended family and nuclear family. With our extended family, we share a common faith in one God in Three Persons, who created everything, both visible and invisible. Even though humanity rejected God's love, God so loved us that he sent his Son to take up our nature and dwell among us. Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully Man, then gave himself as a sacrifice for us upon the Cross, and then he rose from the dead, so that all who believe in him may join the Family of God and dwell with God forever.
We also have distinctives among our nuclear family, the things that make us St. John's.
- Our family life is centered around a meal. We worship together with a celebration of the Lord's Supper. The traditional name for the Lord's Supper is the Eucharist, which is a word that means "thanksgiving." In it, we give thanks for the great things Jesus has done for us, including giving us spiritual food.
- Our family life is structured by prayer. As Anglicans, we use the Book of Common Prayer. This provides a pattern for a prayerful life. Here are a few key ways it shapes our life together:
- It emphasizes the communal life of the parish and the communal life of the family.
- It makes regular prayer together the standard both in the parish and in the household.
- It fully includes children in the life of the Church. Children of all ages are welcome in our services at all times.
- It reminds us of our need to support the poor and the hurting.
- Our family life is connected by a tradition. We are part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, and we live that out in a particular way, the Anglican tradition. Scripture is our final authority, and we use both the writings of the Early Church as well as the English Church at the time of the Reformation, to help us interpret the Scriptures (note: Catholic does not mean "Roman Catholic;" it means "whole" or "universal").
- Our family life is engaged in mission. Jesus has called his church to go out and proclaim the Good News of his death and resurrection to the world, and we seek to follow through with that. We find ways to connect with mission in local settings as well as those further away.