This Sunday we will welcome back to Transfiguration our bishop, the Rt. Rev. George Sumner. At the 11:15 service, Bishop Sumner will confirm the faith or receive into the Episcopal Church eight adult members of our church who have gone through The Way this year. It is always one of my favorite experiences to see people who have really engaged their faith in a robust and mature way reach this huge sacramental milestone. I am proud of this group and all they’ve done this year to continue on the journey of faith and discipleship.
In the gospel this weekend we’ll hear Jesus say “I am the way and the truth and the life,” and I continue to be thankful for the way The Way leads us to the Way (I couldn’t resist). Folks who engage their faith in The Way are asked to really consider who this person is who we call Lord, as well as what is required of us when we do. Thanks to Fr. Michael, who developed this remarkable catechumenate program, and the large team of dedicated volunteers and leaders, The Way remains a vital tool for forming faithful Christians who know the Episcopal Church.
At the 9:00 service on Sunday, Bishop Sumner will preach, preside, and commission the pilgrims to the Holy Land, who depart on Sunday afternoon. Mother Erin and I are among the twenty traveling, and you can probably guess how excited everyone is. This pilgrimage has been nearly two years in the works, and it is incredible to think we will be in Israel by Monday. I hope you will pray for us as we embark and travel. I will post pictures periodically on the church’s Facebook page, and send an update at the end of both weeks.
Grace and peace be with you all in these latter days of Eastertide.