August 2013

Dear Parishioners:

Do you belong to St. Alban’s? Yes, it is a question we may ask of ourselves but it is the question that I want to ask you: “Do you belong to St. Alban’s Parish?”

As we start up Christian Education Classes, I will be offering a class for Confirmation, Reception and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Everyone could always use a refresher so everyone is invited. But there are those who should and are expected to come.

First we have to ask what kind of member are you? Everyone who has received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, whether in this Church or in another Christian church, and whose Baptism have been recorded in this Parish are considered Baptized Members. Please note that your Baptism has to be recorded in our Parish Records before you can be considered a member. How do you get recorded in our Parish Records? If you are Baptized at St. Alban’s; you are transferred in from another Anglican Parish; you are Received or Confirmed in this Parish then your Baptism and/or Confirmation/Reception is recorded in our Parish Records.

If you are a Baptized Member, then it is expected that you will make a mature public affirmation of your faith and commitment to the responsibilities of your Baptism (Confirmation) and will be confirmed or received by the laying on of hands by the Bishop of this Church or by a Bishop in communion with this Church. Those who have previously made a mature public commitment in another Church with apostolic succession (i.e. Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians) are Received into this Church by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church, rather than Confirmed.

So the question of: “Are you a member of St. Alban’s?” is a complicated question. Are you or have you been Baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in another Christian denomination and has that been recorded in St. Alban’s Records? Have you made a mature public affirmation of your faith and commitment, have you been confirmed in this Church? Have you been confirmed in another Christian denomination with apostolic succession and if so, have you been Received into this Church by the laying on of hands by our Bishop? If you cannot answer in the affirmative to the first two questions or if you come from the Roman Catholic or Orthodox tradition and cannot answer in the affirmative to the third question—then you need to come to the Confirmation/ Reception/ Renewal of Baptismal Vows Class being offered this Fall term.

And now you thought the lesson was over! Not quite! What kind of member are you? Are you a communicant in good standing or a communicant not in good standing? All members of this church who have received Holy Communion in this Church at least three times are considered communicants of this Church. Those 16 and above are considered as adult communicants. All communicants of this church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God are to be considered communicants in good standing.

You may say all that is too complicated for me! But isn’t that the reason we have Christian Education? Doesn’t Education help us to learn about our Faith? Doesn’t Education help us learn about our Church and its practices? Doesn’t education help us grow in the knowledge of our Lord? Come be a member and communicant in good standing; come learn about your Church; come be a part of this wonderful Parish as a member, baptized, confirmed or received and in good standing!

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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