My brothers and Sisters in Christ, today we welcome our Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Howard Gregory, our Celebrant and Preacher, and Mrs. Gregory, as they continue to share with us in our 200th Anniversary celebration. We welcome the confirmands as they share with us in their first communion, having been strengthened to grow in relationship with our Lord and Master. I encourage us to embrace them in the love of Christ so that the family of God, the Church, can be the place where they feel empowered to be a part of the Kingdom. As a church celebrating 200 years of influence, we need to look inward, as we look outwards, so as to be strengthened for the responsibilities we have as Christians. I ask us to reflect on these words of 1 John 4:20- 21. “If anyone says. ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen, And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” I urge us to embrace each other in Christ for the building up of the Body of Christ.
Every blessing be yours.
“We thank you, our God and Father for those who in Confirmation have made a confession of their faith and have been welcomed into the communicant life of the Christian Family. Help us to encourage them in the way of Christ by our prayers, our friendship and our example that they may fully grow up in Him and continue steadfastly in the worship and fellowship of the Church to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen.