|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on October 19, 2022 at 1:55 PM|
The date of Bishop Sam Rodman’s last scheduled visitation to St. Alban’s for Confirmation was March 15, 2020. Needless to say, that visit never happened.
So I am more than a little excited and a tad anxious about this coming Sunday. I’m excited because, for those who have not met Bishop Sam, he is a kind, thoughtful, deeply faithful leader. As Bishop, he shepherds the parishes and ministries of our Diocese with tenderness and strength. And I’m a tad anxious because it is the first time we will host him for an in-person visit for Confirmation since my arrival in 2018.
He will preside over an adult baptism, as well as confirmations/receptions/reaffirmations for more than 20 candidates, both youth and adults. He will also preach and celebrate Holy Eucharist. He will meet with the vestry and spend some time answering your questions during the 9:00 a.m. forum in the nave, and he will also visit the Episcopal Student Fellowship at Davidson College in the afternoon.
“Episcopos” is the Greek word for bishop. “Episcopal” means “governed by bishops.” The Episcopal Church maintains the three-fold order of ministry as handed down by the Apostles—deacons, priests and bishops, via the laying on of hands, from the original apostles. I am always struck by the power of this connection, through the tradition of apostolic succession, to the ministry of Jesus himself.
The Bishop also serves as one of the primary “connective tissues” in the body of Christ as it is manifest in our Diocese. Our bishops travel from parish to parish each week. They see the big picture. I am a parish priest through and through, and I thrive when rooted in one community, namely THIS community. But our Bishops have a somewhat different call. Through their oversight and itinerancy, they help remind us that we do not exist in a silo. We are all connected to one another.
I hope you will plan to come and be with us this Sunday, October 23, 2022 for Bishop Sam’s visit.
Yours in Christ,