Weekly Reflections

Below you will find the most recent Weekly Reflection from the clergy with a link to the week's readings.

June 25th, 2023

Not Only with Our Lips, but in Our Lives

In preparation for Confirmation Sunday, a group of 6th graders and a separate group of adults have been meeting over the past 2 to 3 months to learn just exactly what it means to be an Episcopalian. The curiosity of the Confirmands and the “Aha” moments witnessed on their faces have been priceless.

It’s heartwarming to recognize, especially from the adult group (most of whom are joining us from other denominations), just how warm, embracing, and inclusive they’ve discovered our beliefs and practices to be. They’re looking at us through fresh eyes, seeing us through the lens of where they’ve been…and they’re excited. Many have experienced pain, turmoil and frustration in their churches, and they see in us an oasis of peace and universal acceptance. I have to ask you…what do you see when you look at us through your own eyes?

Sometimes, when you live in a forest, you forget to appreciate the trees. We’ve really got a lot we should celebrate; we’ve really got it good! One of the best ways I can think of to celebrate our blessings is to join in the celebration on Confirmation Sunday. Remember, Confirmation is one of the 7 sacramental rites we celebrate as Episcopalians (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Ordination, Reconciliation, Unction); it’s a whole lot more than just a long Sunday service. It’s a celebration; a celebration of who we are, who we are becoming, who we are going to be. It’s a special moment that, not unlike Christmas and Easter, comes but once a year.

Celebrate! Celebrate the joy of those who are choosing us. Celebrate the joy we’ve been given but lose sight of through complacency. Celebrate God for His loving nature and kindness. Take this opportunity to celebrate love. Celebrate!

“Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.”

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