Who We Are
Who We Are
Church of the Good Shepherd invites you to experience our unique form of worship. Following the ancient pattern of the early church we seek to provide an atmosphere in which the best expressions, or streams, of the Christian faith flow together in one mighty river. The Church of the Good Shepherd was formed in 1994 as a mission parish of the Charismatic Episcopal Church. We began holding services in a conference room and are now currently meeting at our new facility at 736 Edmondson Ave. in Catonsville at 10AM on Sunday mornings. We purchased an historic mansion on six acres in Catonsville, MD in 2012.
The early Church celebrated its faith in the rich context of a sacramental liturgy. The word liturgy actually means “the work of the people”. It is the form of worship which was prescribed by Christ and His Apostles and was handed down to us through the ages. Central to all Christian worship is the sacrament of the altar, Holy Communion. The Eucharist, as it is also called, is the high point of our worship experience. It is here that we commune with God and with one another.
We believe that the traditional liturgical format (virtually unchanged from the days of the Apostles) provides the ancient means by which we can express and experience the reverence, majesty, and splendor of God the Father in worship. We recognize the doctrines and traditions which were delivered to the Apostles by Christ Himself and we seek to be faithful to the Apostles’ Teaching.
We affirm the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the inspired Word of God. The Bible is the ultimate authority in matters of faith and morals. With the Holy Tradition of the Church to guide us we seek to interpret the Scriptures in a faithful and traditional manner. We also affirm the historic Creeds of the early church.
In addition to our high view of the Bible we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior in order to be reconciled to God the Father and to gain eternal life.
In the New Testament and the writings of the early Church we find that the gifts of the Holy Spirit were, and therefore should be, normative in the worship of Almighty God. We believe the Holy Spirit still transforms lives and moves in power today. We affirm the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and allow for spontaneity and joyful celebration. We strive to rekindle the gifts of God and not to hinder the Holy Spirit.
In short our service of worship seeks to be rooted in the ancient but also to build for the future. We seek to give ourselves to God in worship. Our service strives to be “Christ centered”. We reverently approach God in every aspect of our worship. We invite you to join us in this glorious experience of worship and praise.
The Charismatic Episcopal Church
The Charismatic Episcopal Church (CEC) was formed in 1993 when three independent, charismatic churches joined together to explore the ancient liturgical and sacramental aspects of the faith. Virtually overnight this small movement grew into a worldwide communion. The CEC has been blessed with a valid line of Apostolic Succession dating back to Christ and His Apostles. It has been recognized as one of the fastest growing denominations with new parishes forming around the world. For additional information visit us on line at www.iccec.org
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