GETTING BACK ON THE ROAD
Lent is the season for kick starting our spiritual engines and getting back on the road. This is why we offer Lenten prayers on behalf of those preparing for Baptism or Confirmation, as people seek the opportunity to take their next steps on their faith journey. We, like them, sometimes need a boost to our own faith.
At St. Stephen’s we are currently preparing two teenagers and two adults for Confirmation, and one adult and four infants (or their families really) for Baptism. The bishop will be with us at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 19, to do the Confirmations and we will do the Baptisms ourselves on Easter morning.
There are two additional opportunities offered here. One is formally to Reaffirm our faith before the bishop, who will offer a prayer over us and bless our intention. The other, if we have recently come to the Anglican Church from another Christian tradition, is formally to be Received into the Church by the bishop. If either of these opportunities call to you please speak to our clergy, as some preparation is necessary.
There is yet another opportunity for the rest of us. And that is to stand in solidarity with those who are affirming or reaffirming their faith. The Easter services provide for an Affirmation of Faith by the entire congregation. They will also ask our support for the newly baptized or confirmed. Let us then join with all those newly professing their faith, and newly profess our own.