Church address:
5350 Baillie Street
Vancouver, BC
(on 37th Ave between Cambie and Oak)

Church office address:
2325 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 3J2
604.558.4400

St John's Vancouver Anglican Church is a community of Christians dedicated to the exposition and teaching of the Word of God, to the spreading of the good news of the Gospel at home and abroad, and to the application of God's purpose in our own lives and families.

Why we worship

(1) We are created to praise God.

As we read on Sunday morning from the Book of Common Prayer ‘Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify they glorious Name; evermore praising thee and saying: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts, Heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, o Lord Most High.’ When we praise God corporately on the Lord’s day with other believers, we do so as God’s people, united by the Holy Spirit with all who are redeemed by Christ through his death and resurrection. When you think of it, this is an awesome privilege.

But why does God require us to praise him all the time? J.I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom in their book “Praying” suggest that the reason is: ‘So that we may get into the habit of doing what in heaven we will do spontaneously and wholeheartedly in and from and for enjoyment of God.’

In Revelation 4:8, we read: ‘Before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the thrown and in front of the Lamb.’ And in chapter 7:9: ‘Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come”.’

(2) We are meant to praise God together

Jesus himself taught us 'For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.' (Matt 18:20)

‘You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.’ ( 1 Peter 2: 9) And as God’s priestly representatives, we rightly gather together on God’s designated holy day (Gen 2:3) to worship Christ who died for our sins.

‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.’ (Col 3:16)

 

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