Bishop Harrison’s Visit on November 19th

The visit to the ECC of Bishop Dena Harrison
5:00 PM Worship, Sunday, November 19
The Serene Hills Elementary School
Baptism; Confirmation; Reception; and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows

In the Episcopal Church, a congregation receives a visit every year from one of its bishops.  This year, the Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, visits Church of the Cross at 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 19.

Bishops in the Episcopal Church are part of the historic episcopate.  As such, a bishop represents our connection to the Church stretching through space and time.  The visit of Bishop Harrison reminds us that we are part of a movement bigger than our own selves; part of a purpose beyond just the purposes of Church of the Cross.

We’ll worship with Bishop Harrison at the Serene Hills Elementary School at 5:00 PM Sunday, November 19, with a reception to follow.

It is common when a bishop visits that persons so called are baptized, confirmed, received into the Anglican Communion, or make a personal reaffirmation of baptismal vows.

Baptism:  In baptism we become part of Christ’s Body, the Church, through water and the Holy Spirit.  We are a tradition that baptizes persons of any age.

If there is someone in your household to be baptized upon the Bishop’s visit, please be in touch with Paul at paul@ecclt.org to arrange for baptismal preparation.

Confirmation:  Though the Episcopal Church practices infant baptism, we also believe that all of us are called to make a public and mature affirmation of the faith when we are of age.  Confirmation is that mature and public affirmation, made in the presence of a bishop.  If one was baptized as a child, but never confirmed in any tradition, we invite you to consider making your confirmation upon Bishop Harrison’s visit.  To do so, please be in touch with Paul at paul@ecclt.org to arrange for confirmation preparation.

Reception:  All of us who worship with the Episcopal Church of the Cross are part of this community.  We are your Church.  Reception, however, is the decision and action by which one becomes part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.  It is the means by which we enter into formal fellowship with our broader family…the 85 million people all around the world—who are part of the Anglican Communion.  Bishop Harrison will receive persons into the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion during her visit.  To be received, please be in touch with Paul at paul@ecclt.org.

Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows:  There are moments in our lives when the Lord calls us to re-dedicate ourselves to God’s purposes; to re-commit ourselves publicly, in the presence of one who represents the whole Church; to be prayed over and blessed by a bishop.  If the Spirit is working in you at this time in such a manner, you are invited to make a formal reaffirmation of baptismal vows when Bishop Harrison visit on November 19.  For more information, please contact Paul at paul@ecclt.org.

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Bishop’s visits are fun.  It’s an especially joyful occasion.  We’ll worship, and celebrate, and rejoice at the life God is giving us and the purposes of reconciliation and healing to which we have been called.  Please mark your calendars…and see you at 5:00 PM, Sunday, November 19, at the Serene Hills Elementary School.

For those of us who would like to worship that Sunday morning, we will gather for Morning Prayer at 9:30 AM that day at a location still to be determined.