Dear Christ Church,
God will be in action in a big way this weekend, through his Church.
Our bishop visiting and preaching, a new deacon ordained for our parish and world, parishioners being confirmed and received into our communion—the Holy Spirit will be poured out afresh upon us all. This is a good moment for a fresh look at what it all means.
Deacons. Join us to witness the ordination of Eric Stumberg as deacon tomorrow (Saturday February 29) at 2pm at Christ Church! Deacons share in the servant mysteries of our Lord Jesus Christ through assisting in our common worship, instructing others in the faith, ministering the sacraments to those who are unable to come to the Table of our Lord, interpreting the church to the world, and caring for the stranger, the poor, and the vulnerable.
Bishops. We are blessed to be part of the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others, with the Rt. Rev. Todd Hunter serving as our bishop. Bishops are consecrated to be shepherds of Christ’s flock, guardians of the unity and faith of the apostles, and heralds of the gospel who seek to expand its reach. Bishops also serve as a pastor to the pastors, and “chief pastor” to everyone in their diocese.
Confirmation and Reception. Confirmation is a public profession of faith for those who have never done so, a sacramental entry into the historic and global Anglican communion of saints, and a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands by the bishop. Reception is the same thing, except that it’s for people who have already made a public profession of faith elsewhere. We have the joy of witnessing this in both services this Sunday!
P.S. Get your Lenten book, The Call, by Os Guinness this Sunday and read it with us through this season!