Bishop Steve Breedlove visited that past Sunday and confirmed six adults in a joyous and rich time of worship! It was a blessing to have the Bishop at All Saints preaching and laying hands on these individuals on Trinity Sunday! Continue to pray for those who were confirmed: Becca White, Amy Hopson, Brett and Janelle Stuvland, Luke and Hannah VanderHart.
The Anglican Church of North America just published a new Catechism and it is a wealth of understanding and clarification for what we believe as Anglicans. CLICK HERE to read and/or download the new ACNA Catechism. It gives good teaching on what we believe about confirmation and the sacraments.
Here is an excerpt:
102. What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. God gives us the sign as a means whereby we receive that grace, and as a tangible assurance that we do in fact receive it. (1662 Catechism)
103. How should you receive the sacraments?
I should receive the sacraments by faith in Christ, with repentance and thanksgiving. Faith in Christ is necessary to receive grace, and obedience to Christ is necessary for the benefits of the sacraments to bear fruit in my life. (1662 Catechism; Articles of Religion, 28)
104. What are the sacraments of the Gospel?
The two sacraments ordained by Christ, which are generally necessary for our salvation, are Baptism and Holy Communion, which is also known as the Lord’s Supper or the Holy Eucharist. (Articles of Religion, 25)
116. Are there other sacraments?
Other rites and institutions commonly called sacraments include confirmation, absolution, ordination, marriage, and anointing of the sick. These are sometimes called the sacraments of the Church.
117. How do these differ from the sacraments of the Gospel?
They are not commanded by Christ as necessary for salvation, but arise from the practice of the apostles and the early Church, or are states of life blessed by God from creation. God clearly uses them as means of grace.
118. What is confirmation?
After making a mature commitment to my baptismal covenant with God, I receive the laying on of the bishop’s hands with prayer. (Acts 8:14-17; 19:6)
119. What grace does God give you in confirmation?
In confirmation, God strengthens the work of the Holy Spirit in me for his daily increase in my Christian life and ministry. (Acts 8:14-17; 19:6)
At All Saints we offer two seasons of preparation for Confirmation and Membership: one in the Fall and one in the Spring after Easter. If you are interested in preparing for confirmation in the Fall of 2014 please email Brad Acton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here are some pictures that were captured from this past Sunday.