Disciples, Apostles, and Saints!
This past Sunday, we celebrated with friends from around the Diocese of Indianapolis at our annual Diocesan Confirmation service. This year, we gathered at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. Our own contingent was there to celebrate as we welcomed Zach Anderson, Taylor Johnson, and Tyler Johnson into The Episcopal Church through confirmation.
And on a day of the absolute craziest weather (we had sun, rain, hail in the span of minutes—multiple times), we also celebrated faith in the midst of everything.
The Bishop’s message for us began with her own simple pleasure in the Sunday on which we were gathering. That much of the church calls it Shepherding Sunday and focuses on the gospel. But she thinks of it as Acts 2 Sunday. The day we read about the earliest followers living out the gospel.
She shared the beauty of that moment. Of the church acting like the church. Of people getting together and choosing notto be alone. To not go it alone. To think that the only way to do a thing is to do it oneself.
And then she reminded us all that, in the church, someone always has our back. And that when we are the church, we get each other’s back. So beautiful and true. It struck me just how much that is our message and our need. How much morethat needs to be our message to one another. That we already are the church and our church needs us all to be the church.