“Here are the things I pray for the Chapel and its ministries because we are one community…bring[ing] in new families that will love the church just as we all do.”
This is a small excerpt from Allie Wilcox’s senior sermon this past Sunday. If you haven’t heard it, do yourself a favor and find her sermon on the Chapel of the Cross’s sound cloud and give it a listen. When Allie spoke of bringing in new families last Sunday, I was immediately drawn to what will happen this Sunday when Bishop Seage pops in at the 8:45 and 11:00 services to confirm, receive, reaffirm, and baptize.
When I was initially asked to blog about Confirmation this Sunday, my mind immediately went into teacher mode. My mind raced with all of the possibilities of what I could write. I could regurgitate all of my seminary knowledge onto this blog and give the history and the meaning of Confirmation. I could talk about how Confirmation has changed over the years. I could sit here and perhaps bore you into a coma, writing about mundane things such as the varying positions of liturgical scholars about Confirmation. I could, but I won’t. All of that stuff is good and worthy, but it is not what gets me up in the morning, and it is not what excites me about being a priest at the Chapel of the Cross.
So, my mind has gone from teacher mode to evangelist mode. This is what excites me…Evangelism. Or as Allie said it, “Bring[ing] in new families that will love the church just as we all do.” When it is all said and done, the Bishop will have confirmed, received, and reaffirmed 41 people. Of these 41 people, many of them are new members (and young families) who are joining the church and in the coming years will love our church just as we all do.
This Sunday is also the Feast of Pentecost. This is the day in which we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is fitting that we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the same day in which we confirm and receive new members here at the Chapel of the Cross. It is fitting, because the same Spirit that alighted upon the disciples is dancing here at the Chapel of the Cross and great things are happening in our midst.
We are growing, and a sign of that growth will be seen this Sunday. The Chapel of the Cross is no longer that abandoned building out in the country. The Chapel of the Cross is no longer this area’s best kept secret. The cat is creeping of the bag. The Chapel of the Cross is open for business…The business of proclaiming God’s love. The Chapel of the Cross is growing and doing good things. The Chapel of the Cross is bringing in new families that already love the church just as we all do. This is what gets me excited. This is what Confirmation is all about my friends.
So, come celebrate with us this Sunday. Come celebrate our growth. Come celebrate our future. Come celebrate the promise of the Holy Spirit fulfilled. Come celebrate that same Holy Spirit that is dancing a jig here at Chapel of the Cross.