We are part of an international communion of Christian believers called the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (or shortened to the CEC) which was established in 1992. It is composed of local church bodies, parishes, who are rediscovering their ancient roots in the early church and the Jewish faith. Some have coined the term Convergence Worship to describe this kind of integration of ancient and modern forms of worship.
The historical church since the time of Christ was sacramental, evangelical, and charismatic. But, over the centuries, churchs have come to emphasize or stratify on one of these three areas of worship and faith to the minimizing or exclusion of the other two. We are seeing God do something very special in our day. In churches around the world, He is removing religious barriers and braiding together these three strands of the Church into one strong cord. We are committed to bring Heaven to earth through the CEC by seeking to express all three streams in our worship and approach to faith. We are honored to be a part of God’s great renewal of His church.
From the beginning of the Church after the resurrection of the Messiah, many men and women have faithfully served the one, holy, catholic (meaning universal church from the beginning) and apostolic church. From the richness of our historic heritage, we are currently seeing a recovery of the beauty and authenticity of the ancient liturgies along with the richness of symbols of worship, and the regular celebration of Holy Communion, which early Christians observed weekly, and called Eucharist. Through signs and symbols we are making visible the Love of God, our ancient faith, and the Kingdom of God.
As a precious possession of Christian faith, we hold to the Holy Scriptures as the inspired, infallible Word of God that contains all things necessary to salvation and godly living. We are committed to faithful reading, studying, teaching, and preaching from the Bible as a wellspring for spiritual maturity. We also embrace the evangelical distinctions that underline the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a holy life, evangelism, and missions.
A distinguishing mark of the CEC is our openness to the work of the Holy Spirit. From the apostles all the way through the modern Pentecostal and Charismatic renewals, Christians have been endowed with power beyond themselves from the Holy Spirit Himself. This means we anticipate His presence and working through His spiritual gifts both in our worship and daily acts of service.
Vision of The CEC of the Messiah:
In the greater Charlotte area, build several communities, extended families of like-minded believers (as much as possible, pulling people from the ranks of the un-churched) and establishing places where believers can be loved and nurtured, healed, and equipped for service. From this base people can be sent out into the world to minister the redemption of Jesus the Christ.
Mission of the CEC of the Messiah:
Our mission is to bring the Kingdom of God into the earth according to God’s will; bring people from near and far into the Kingdom of God; root and ground the saints in the faith and life of the church; operate by and in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit through His gifts.
This Parish Is:
A a haven, an extended family, a training facility, a sending base, bridge builders between our congregation and others in the Body of Christ, an example of the traditional church since Christ through liturgy and sacrament.
Other CEC parishes in Carolinas include:
Church of the Incarnation in Black Mountain, NC
Church of the Resurrection in Asheville, NC
St Luke's CEC in Spindale, NC
Church of St Peter the Fisherman in Wilmington, NC
Church of the Advent in Jacksonville, NC
Church of the Epiphany in Thomasville, NC
Christ Our King of Peace in Spartanburg, SC
Goshen Community in Columbia, SC
Fransciscan's of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Hendersonville, NC