“From the throne came a voice saying, ‘Praise our God, all you his servants.’”  — Revelation 19:5

 

This Sunday, please wear red and white. We are celebrating the Baptism of Annabella Byrnes and Heather Scott, daughter and mother, respectively. We are celebrating the Confirmation of Heather Scott and Kristi La Paitra, best friends. We are celebrating the Reception into membership of Diana Koller and Nick Pfeister, new to us.

 

We are celebrating that five people are either entering, being confirmed in, or are coming into our branch of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  It is so exciting to see people reaffirm or come under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for us. Hallelujah!

 

It certainly is cause to praise our God, all we servants!

 

After Mass we will serve some cake and coffee for just this Sunday to celebrate and praise our God.

 

Additionally, to celebrate and praise our God we are bringing back banner waving during the Praise Set after the Gloria in excelsis. All participants must wear masks while doing so, vaccinated or unvaccinated.

 

Bringing new members into the parish is always cause for celebration. These folks have embraced the Five Pillars of Stewardship (Prayer, Scripture, Service, Tithing, and Attendance), attended classes over the summer, and have explored what it means to be a part of our larger church. This commitment they are taking, they are doing so willingly and with great seriousness. It would be good for us to renew our commitment to our parish, our larger church, and to praising our God, all we servants.

 

We will reaffirm our faith God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We will reaffirm our faith in salvation through faith, Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception. We will affirm our belief in the power of prayer, the descent of the Holy Spirit in the Sacraments, and in the life changing aspects of what God does during Baptism and Confirmation.

 

We will place stoles on those who are being Confirmed as a sign that all of us are part of the priesthood of all believers: we have gifts that the Holy Spirit has given us and we should use them to build up the Church.  We should reaffirm our commitment to serve Christ as a sign of our faith through service to him in the Church and world.

 

When was the last time you invited a co-worker, a friend, a family member, or someone else you have built up a relationship with in your community to church?   Every person who is being Baptized, Confirmed, and Received were invited by someone, a lay person like you, to come to church. You should invite someone to Church to see this glorious holy spectacle of joy and celebration.  By doing so, you would offer God the praise he is due, for salvation is found in him.

 

Praise our God, all you servants.

 

Blessings,

Fr. Mark

Fr. Mark Kurowski

Fr. Mark Kurowski

Dean