Breakaway Va. Church Moves on 'With Purpose'

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Members of an historic, Northern Virginia Anglican church are moving on "with purpose" after meeting for their final service in their sanctuary Sunday.

The congregation of  The Falls Church traces its ties to the building to the days of George Washington.

But a court ordered the 4,000 members to vacate the property after they lost their long battle with the Episcopal Church.

The conservative congregation left the denomination following its ordination of a gay bishop and other theological disagreements.

"Many details for our path forward remain unclear, and we know the adventure ahead is going to be challenging. But, we move forward with an invigorated feeling of purpose," John Yates, rector of The Falls Church, wrote in a Washington Post article.

"In a sense, this will be like starting all over again," he continued. "There is a teaching in the New Testament: When you are at your weakest you actually are at your strongest. In weakness we are forced to trust in God. We know that where God leads us is a good place."

Episcopalians will now be moving back into the historic building and Falls Anglican Church members plan to find a new home for their ministry.

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