Who We Are
We are a community of broken and blessed people, who are living out the gospel in our everyday lives and relationships. We are united by our love for God, our neighbors, and ourselves as Christ intended. We have different callings in different corners of the parish as orchardists, teachers, ski-patrollers, or stay-at-home parents, but these all flow from our first calling to be God's children in this world. Young and old, married and single, rich and poor, we are brothers and sisters who have been adopted into the communion of Father, Son, and Spirit.
Why Do We Go to Church?
Our communal life in Christ together is inseparable from our individual walks with God. When Jesus was asked what is the single greatest commandment, he gave a surprising double answer: Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength ... and to love your neighbor as yourself. Being God's child means having brothers and sisters. Each Sunday we resist the temptation to be lone rangers by having a weekly, family reunion.
What do we gather around that makes us family? (Or perhaps this is better asked: Who do we gather around?) The Word (weekly preaching and teaching of the Bible) and Sacraments (weekly taking of the Lord's Supper). All of these things we encounter in church are ways Jesus set up to incorporate us into himself - they are ways that we receive him again and again. We don't believe that a podcast can do this, particularly because we cannot integrate ourselves into the body of Christ by ourselves! We consider ourselves blessed to be a multi-generational church, where children and adults worship together, learn to enjoy one another's music, and honor Christ's image in one another.
Where We Are
Does place matter? Yes ... but it has taken us awhile to discover this. In our brief twenty years of being a church plant, we have worshipped in twelve different buildings. But we are now settled on the corner of Peachy and Okanogan - and have begun to grow roots in the old brick Wenatchee Brethren Baptist Church building. Around us are public parks, schools, drug centers, homes for women in transition, the 'old' downtown, a farmers market, and more. We see all this life and activity encircling us as 'part of the parish' and part of God's call that he has given us.
In 2013, we called Matt Canlis from a parish in rural Scotland to be our pastor, and to help us discover what traditional parish ministry means in a modern American town. The documentary film Godspeed traces this journey of Pastor Canlis from North America to Scotland and back again. Our story is still far from finished.
What do we Believe?
We believe that what we believe is as important as how we believe. We also believe that there are certain non-negotiables - and that while some things were written in blood, others have been written in ink, and some in pencil. So in humility, we focus on the majors - on 'Mere Christianity - even as our family DNA falls into the Reformed category. Most importantly, we keep asking for the Holy Spirit to replace any semblance of a 'critical spirit' in our hearts.
What are out non-negotiables? These are found in the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. These flow out of a generous orthodoxy that has withstood the test of time and persecution for two millennia. We believe that the Scriptures are God's Word for us today, and that they have their authority from the one to whom they point: Jesus.
Apostles' Creed - 13th c. Paris
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ
His only begotten Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand
of God the Father almighty. From thence
He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.