On Being Incarnate Christians
We are three weeks into liturgical year A and the Season of Advent and continue to contemplate the incarnation of Jesus, that is, his embodiment among us.
We may also consider how to be incarnate Christians, fully embodying our call to live out Jesus’ call to mission within this faith community and beyond.
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine approves people for specialized ministry once a year. The deadline is approaching for licensing by the end of the year. Please pray and consider where you may be called to serve God through the following ministries:
Licensing from Advent I 2016 to Advent I 2019:
* Eucharistic Ministers, particularly at the 8 a.m. liturgy. Eucharistic Ministers assist at the altar and share the cup at Eucharist. Training is provided.
* Worship Leaders lead Morning Prayer when the priest is absent. This is a need to prepare for — I spoke with 23 supply priests (not even leaving messages on voicemail with others) before finding one last June. I had begun making the calls in April. It is prudent to have Worship Leaders available in case they are needed. Training is provided.
* Eucharistic Visitors. This is our greatest need. More parishioners are home-bound, in nursing care, and hospitalized, and we want to extend the celebration of Eucharist at the Lord’s Table to wherever they are. Training is provided. Eucharistic Visitors are commissioned at the Sunday liturgy to bring Eucharist to people.
I’ve learned that sometimes people hesitate to step forward as a Eucharistic Visitor because of a feeling of unworthiness. I assure you that God is very pleased with faithful people who share the Sacraments with our parishioners.
Licensing from January 2017 to January 2018:
* Licensed Lay Preachers are rooted in their spiritual lives and are able to reflect theologically on Scripture and what its message is for our world today. Licensing is good from January 2017 to January 2018).
Are You Called to the Diaconate or Priesthood?
I am on the Commission on Ministry and there is a great need for deacons and priests, particularly with the retirements of Baby Boomers. Please
speak with me if you are considering a vocation to ordained ministry.
The process is long — typically three years — and I want to support you with your discernment.
Pastoral Care Team: Many individuals are providing support and I’d like to bring our ministries closer together so parishioners’ needs don’t fall through the cracks. Please contact me if you are able to participate.
Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NRSV) Thank you for considering these ministries in the Church.
Peace and blessings,