Bishop Jack Iker: Visitation and Confirmations

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Dear Church of the Good Shepherd,

This Sunday (August 20) we will be welcoming Bishop Jack Iker to our parish. Bishop Iker is the ordinary of the Diocese of Fort Worth, which is the Anglican way of saying that he is the chief pastor of all of our parishes. We are very grateful for his leadership and and we are looking forward to his visit. All Anglican bishops have been ordained through a long line of bishops whose succession reaches all the way back to the apostles themselves. Bishops have been charged since the first century with the safeguarding and faithful transmission of the faith and sacraments of the Church.

We will be celebrating with a Solemn High Mass with incense and full choir. Bishop Iker will be confirming nine members of our parish on Sunday. Confirmation is an ancient sacramental rite of the Church, dating back to the apostles themselves (Acts 8:14-17). In a sense, it is the completion of baptism. In it the confirmed re-affirm their baptismal vows as adults and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit for their vocation in lay ministry within the church at the hands of the bishop, as a successor to the apostles. 

After the service we will meet in the Parish Hall for a pot luck lunch. Join us to welcome our bishop, to celebrate the newly confirmed, and to enjoy one another's company. Please bring a covered dish to share.