Ascension : Church News
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Internet Editor) 15.10.2009 (Article Archived on 29.10.2009)
My dear friends, On Sunday, 18th October, in St Mary’s Church at 10.30.a.m., I will have the joy of administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to five adults.
From the Bishop
My dear friends,
On Sunday, 18th October, in St Mary’s Church at 10.30.a.m., I will have the joy of administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to five adults.
This occasion is very important in the life of the Church on Ascension. We live in an ever increasing secular world, where the Church and Christianity itself are often marginalised and ignored, and Ascension Island is no exception. This is not something new to the Church which throughout the ages at various times has suffered persecution, marginalisation and indifference. Confirmation shows that the Church is still alive. At our Baptism we were set apart and marked as Christ’s own for ever. The five people who are to be Confirmed will be renewing the promises made for them at Baptism and taking upon themselves the commitment to worship, witness and serve.
They will be swimming against the current of the world’s standards and values. They will be placing God first in all they do; they will be making the worship of God an all important part of their lives. They will be witnessing to the standards and values of the Gospel in the community in which they live. They will become channels of God’s love in a ministry of service to others. They will see in other people, created in the image of God, people who are worthy of reverence and respect. They will be fearless in their stand for justice and truth and the rights of all people.
This will be their commitment, just as it is the commitment of the whole Church. Today more than ever the Church needs to stand firm and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus in our community.
Come along and support them on their special day and make it a day when you can also renew your own commitment to God.
May God richly bless you all.