“…I believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith.”
This phrase from the 4th-century Nicene Creed expresses some of the unique hallmarks of the Church.
One word in particular, Apostolic, often needs some explaining, as does our status as a “Mission” Church. “Mission” means that we, as Christians, have been sent out by Jesus Christ into all the world, to bear witness to the Good News of the Kingdom of God. The Church, in this sense, is an apostolic continuation of the Incarnation of God. The word apostolic, or apostle, from its Greek roots, means sent.
As the Lord Jesus Christ Himself said, when He appeared to His Disciples after His Glorious Resurrection: “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20.21)
We carry on the faith of the Apostles insofar as we ourselves respond to the call of Jesus Christ to carry his life to the world in which we live. We have been sent to bear witness to the Good News here in Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley, in Canada, and to the ends of the earth!
As a community that claims the Holy Apostles, both the Twelve, and the Seventy, as our heavenly patrons, we ask for their prayers that God will strengthen us to faithfully share His love in the world.