St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Has Opening Service

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church will officially inaugurate its services in its new location with a Holy Communion service this Sunday, the 11th of July.

The service will be held at the chapel of First Lutheran Church, 2800 McCallie Avenue, and begin at 6:00 p.m.

The service will be conducted by The Right Reverend William Millsaps of Monteagle. Bishop Millsaps is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Missionary Church, to which St. Andrew’s belongs. The Bishop’s ministry has included parish ministry at The Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas, and School Chaplaincy at St. Mark’s School, S.M.U. and the University of the South, along with extensive international work with various religious agencies.

The public is invited to attend the service.

According to the leader of St. Andrew’s, The Rev. David Beckmann, the church was recently established to provide an alternative in Chattanooga for those who are seeking the reverent and historic worship found in the Episcopal church, but with teaching that is in line with the Protestant Reformation.

"There are many people who are burned out on the entertainment-oriented worship of many American churches," said Mr. Beckmann, "and are seeking a deeper experience with God. Sadly, the churches that tend to offer more historic and symbolic worship also tend to be led by people that don’t believe in the authority of Holy Scripture. We aim to provide both sound liturgy and sound teaching."

As for worshipping at the chapel of First Lutheran Church, Mr. Beckmann said St. Andrew’s is extremely thankful. "These people have truly manifested the unity we have in Jesus Christ and are to be honored. Their hospitality has been warm and true. We feel a part of a team, as we ought to feel, for we have the same Lord, the same good news, and the same commission to disciple the nations for Christ. There needs to be more of this kind of cooperation among churches in our city."

Mr. Beckmann has for many years been a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America denomination. He has recently joined the Episcopal Missionary Church and hopes to soon be ordained as the Rector of St. Andrew’s.

He said, "We few have simply offered ourselves to the Lord to be His servants to our neighbours. We welcome all those who do not have a church home, and we especially welcome those who want the freedom to ask questions or are seeking to know whether or not Christ is real and can help them."

For more information about St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, visit
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