What’s in a Name?

Sometimes a name is just a name, a handle, a label. Other times it is a reflection of the one to whom the name is given. The greatest example of this is Jesus, (in Hebrew, Y’shua) which means, “Our God saves”.

Our name, Grace Anglican Community, was chosen carefully. It reflects our hopes, dreams and aspirations of the church we want to become. Here is a brief look at our name.

Grace

In theology, grace means one way love. It is love extended to the unlovable. It is love extended to those who cannot or will not love in return. Grace is entirely dependent upon the giver, not the receiver.

The God of the Bible is a God of grace. His love for the human race is entirely one way. It originates with him and it flows to us, whether we want it, whether we know it, whether we understand it. Everything in life is a gift of grace.

In particular, eternal life is a gift of grace. This theme permeates the New Testament. Perhaps Ephesians 2:8 says it best, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…”

The one way love of God is intended to be transformational. That is, what we receive, we are to pass on. “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11.

At Grace Anglican Community, we serve a God of grace and we hope to become people of grace.

Anglican

We are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. You can learn more about that in the Affiliation section of the web site.

Community

We are a church. But we chose another name. Here’s why.

Over time, the word church has come to mean something different than was originally the case. Today, the word church commonly refers to a place or a building, as in “Let’s go to church.” It is also used to refer to an institution, as in “The Church says…”  We are neither a destination nor an institution.

From the beginning, the church was people. We are, therefore, people who are held together by an unusual type of bond. That bond is described in the word grace. At Grace Anglican Community, we want to highlight this type of relationship. It is something that the world cannot offer and which every person needs.