About Our Theology of Ministry

The mission of the church, as stated in the Book of Common Prayer’s catechism (p. 855), is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” There are two passages in the scriptures that reinforces this theology. The principle is the Jesus Prayer for unity in the Gospel of John chapter 17 and the second is the Letter of Paul to the Galatians chapter 3:

In the first passage Jesus prays:
Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. (v.11)

The passage that reinforces this theology of ministry is the Letter of Paul to the Galatians chapter 3, v.28. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:28) This is an old Baptism formula where the distinctions of race, class, and gender are irrelevant in Christ Jesus . The radical vision set in this formula reveal to us that a new creation is possible. This baptism formula declares that ethnic distinctions no longer matter, social class, power and gender roles are no longer justified because we all are one in Christ.

In the Book of Common Prayer, just after the Epiclesis, or the invocation of the Holy Spirit, unity is manifested intentionally in all four Eucharistic Prayers. So, we receive the sacrament with the belief and conviction that we may all be one in Christ Jesus just as the Father is in the Son and the Son is in the Father. This is the prayer of Jesus for us in love. And this is the reason that everybody, absolutely everybody, shall be welcome to the table. This is the foundation of the theology of our ministry.