State of the Union - Why We Do What We Do at All Saints
1) Reformed Liturgical Worship is biblical, historical, and counter-cultural. Lev. 9:15-23: “Aaron then brought (qoreb) the offering (qorban, “near bringing”) that was for the people. He took the goat for the people’s sin offering (chattat - “hiding”) and slaughtered it and offered it for a sin offering (yechatte - “hiding/offering”) as he did with the first one. He brought the burnt offering (olah, “ascension”) and offered it in the prescribed way. He also brought the grain offering (mincha, “gift”) took a handful of it and burned it on the altar in addition to the morning’s burnt offering (olah, “ascension”). He slaughtered the ox and the ram as the fellowship (shelem) offering (zevach, “offering/feasting”) for the people . . . . Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them.”
2) Household Congregational Governance is principled and practical.
3) CREC Membership Affiliation is theological and inspirational. The values of the CREC (Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches) may be summarized as:
CREC - Covenantal, Reconstructional, Eschatological (postmillennial), and "catholic" in views and spirit
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more