I found a Liturgical Baptist Church

This Baptist church is located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  It’s called the Lakeside Baptist Church.  It’s affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

The church has even offered what it calls “Liturgical Explanations.”  Below is an excerpt:

At Lakeside we follow the Christian year which begins with Advent and concludes with Christ the King Sunday.  Throughout the year we prepare for and celebrate Christ’s birth during Advent and Christmas, honor his ministry throughout Epiphany, participate in his suffering and death during Lent, and celebrate his resurrection throughout the Easter season.  Pentecost honors the gift of God’s Spirit to believers and marks the birth of the Church.  The Ordinary Season of the year, marked by green, follows the growth of the Church and the spread of the Gospel.

Our sanctuary employs many symbols which reflect various aspects of our faith and remind us of our calling as disciples of Christ.  Sunday by Sunday, the paraments on the altar and pulpit, along with the ministers’ stoles provide us with visual cues about the meaning of our faith.   read more

While “Liturgical Baptist” may seem as an oxymoron to many Baptists and may not fit the history of Baptists as part of the Free Church Movement, it must be remembered that the liturgical calendar predates the Baptist tradition and has been part of the Christian tradition for centuries.

There are indeed liturgical Baptists out there.

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4 Responses to I found a Liturgical Baptist Church

  1. Coliin Heath says:

    Howextrordinary. They look to hold on to more of the older traditions than we do in my own parish.
    To be honest I am not wholly coomfortable with Christ the King ,a more recent innovation in the C o E. See Tom Wright’s For all the Saints for an explanation better than Icould give.

  2. Isn’t the Cooperative Baptist liberal? I had a friend who was SBC until the emergent church movement started (and thankfully died) and he left the SBC for the CBF because he rejected the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God. He now holds that there is no way we can know truth (postmodern all the way) and he holds that all religions will be essentially welcomed by God in the after life.

    • TC says:

      The CBF remains an interesting fellowship to date. I can’t peg them. But I’ve heard of some strange practices among them. 😉

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