Our Bishop’s visit. We are blessed today with our bishop’s presence among us. Although she is often here for other events or meetings, today is her official bishop visit with us which happens every two years. Our bishop is our shepherd and chief pastor so her visit with us is an opportunity for us to get to know each other better, to experience worship together, and for us to share our passions around God’s mission here in Shippensburg, and to learn more about the diocese. We invite you all to a reception immediately following the 10 a.m. service. After our fellowship time, Bishop Scanlan will meet with Mother Barbara and your vestry members.
Confirmation of our Young People. We were blessed by our bishop as she gave our young people two choices for confirmation this year: 1) confirmation during her official episcopate visit (once every 2 years) and 2) a service in the fall where our young people will assume integral liturgical roles and the service will be an intimate celebration of their affirmation of their adult faith. The second option allowed for continued formation of our young people as they had not yet completed their more formal confirmation preparation. That service will be on November 5th and we invite the congregation to be a part of this special time.
We celebrate with all our young people and acknowledge and affirm their walk in faith. Today, our young people who will be prayed over and blessed in preparation for their continued confirmation preparation are: Jonathan Luo, Julia Rhodes, Alexander Smeltz, and James Williams. Our young people who will be confirmed today are: Sarah Brooks and Neiley O’Donnell. We give praise and thanksgiving to God for their presence here among us and their faithful example of growing into the love of Christ.
Confirmation of our adults. We are incredibly blessed that both Donna Harpster and Juanita Mills are being confirmed in the Episcopal Church and becoming official members of our parish. We are delighted to welcome them into our part of the Body of Christ and rejoice of their presence and commitment to faithful living.