Bishops, Bodies & Confirmation

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

This Sunday twenty-one people will be confirmed, three adults in the 9am service and eighteen youth in the 11am service! These young men and women will “make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their baptism and . . . receive the laying on of hands by the bishop” (BCP). Join us for this significant day; unless you are connected to one of the youth confirmands, please consider coming to the 9am service to make room for all the visitors we expect in the 11am service.

We look forward to the visit from Bishop Jones, who is currently planting a church in Dallas. I’ve known Bishop Jones for ten years and am very grateful for his character and pastoral leadership. Part of confirmation’s significance comes from the laying on hands, a biblical practice of imparting blessing, calling or anointed. This kind of physical, bodily act is common in Anglican worship. Why? What do our bodies have to do with worship?

For a teaser on this topic, from an emerging and articulate evangelical voice, check out this two-minute video, from author and blogger Matthew Anderson: