Q&A With Father Filmore
Who are Anglicans?
Anglicans are Christians who trace their spiritual heritage to the Church of England. We are known as the
“middle way,” incorporating elements of both Catholic tradition and Protestant belief. As part of the newly formed Anglican Church of North America we seek to maintain a blend these three streams:
- Biblical teaching from the pulpit
- Sacramental—communion weekly
- Spirit-filled worship, prayer and living
Why is the liturgy almost the same every week?
There are things that need to be included weekly such as reading the Scriptures, affirming our Faith (Nicene
Creed), praying for our local needs, the country and the world, confession of sin and celebrating communion. The liturgy just provides a “template” if you will, to ensure that we include all the elements every week.
Why do the pastors wear white robes and a colored stole?
The robes diminish the individuality of the minister and remind us of the heavenly worship where white robes symbolize the purity of the saints. The stole is a traditional sign of authority and blessing that ordained
ministers wear. The different colors reflect the colors of the different liturgical seasons:
- White for Christmas and Easter
- Purple for Advent and Lent
- Red for saints’ days and Holy Week
- Green for “Ordinary Time”
Why do you have communion every Sunday?
We follow in the footsteps of the early church in our weekly celebration. It is the unbroken and historical practice of the church to do this every Sunday.
Why are there so many Scripture readings?
Because Anglicans are deeply Biblical people! Readings for each week are dictated by the Book of Common Prayer. Every week we read from all the types of Scriptures: history/prophets and Psalms from the O T, and readings from the Epistles and the Gospels of the NT. It’s like a well balanced meal—everything you need to
nourish your soul!
Why is the last reading in the middle of the church?
The Gospel is read from the middle of the church to symbolize Jesus coming into the world. Ordained clergy, who have vowed to proclaim the Gospel as the central mission of their lives, are given the responsibility of this reading. The congregation pays their respect by turning and facing the Scriptures.
Why is the pastor called a priest? I thought priests were only in the Old
We carry on the traditional name of the ordained spiritual leader from OT times and of the early church. Jesus Himself is called a “high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”
Why do you refer to the pastor as “Father” Filmore? I thought Jesus said not
to call anyone “Father” but God.
Pastors are called “Father” in the sense that they provide spiritual oversight over their people much as fathers in a household provide oversight to their children. When Jesus said not to call anyone “Father” but God, He was overemphasizing a point to get the message across, a teaching strategy often used by rabbis. The fact that Jesus uses the word “Father” in other contexts proves the point (see Luke 11:11).
The Nicene Creed says “I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic
Church.” Can you explain that?
In this context “catholic” simply means the universal church.
Help me understand the crowd of people up front after communion.
Immediately after communion is concluded, the priest says “healing prayers.” At this point, we invite anyone to come forward for a brief prayer for “healing for mind, body or soul” by one of the pastors and anointing with oil in the sign of a cross on the forehead. We do not expect instant healing for everyone but follow the NT pattern. The needs of each person remain unspoken. Friends and family often demonstrate their support by coming forward to lay hands on these people. Those desiring to share the specific need will find trained prayer ministers eager to pray with them in the Narthex area. We have provided a curtain to ensure the privacy of each person. Our desire is that any person with any need will get prayer any Sunday.
Final thoughts from Pastor Filmore
As Anglicans, it is our humble desire to replicate the heavenly worship taking place even now. To this end, we incorporate beautiful things to see and hear in our worship.