Sunday, October 14, 2007

Strengthen, O Lord, your servant...

Well, today was a blessed and exciting day. Today was my confirmation into the expression of Christ's one holy catholic and apostolic Church called the Anglican Communion. I was blessed to be confirmed by the laying on of hands of the Bishop Evans Kisekka of Uganda at Christ's Church (Anglican) in Highland, California, formerly known as Inland Anglican Fellowship. Our priest, Brian Schulz, was also just ordained this weekend in a service at St. James Church in Newport Beach. Bishop Kisekka preached a powerful message on being Soldiers for Christ, which in a later post I plan on writing about. It took time and discernment to make this decision to be confirmed as an Anglican. I actually went through a confirmation class at St. Patrick's Church in Lexington, Ky., a few years ago but I wasn't ready to make the commitment yet. With all of the problems in the Anglican Communion, some might question the wisdom of being confirmed at this time. But the way I see it, I was confirmed into the Church of Uganda, where the Authority of Scripture is still held high and where the Power of the Holy Spirit is invited into the life of the Church. I am excited to become very involved in this congregation which I have already grown to love and I believe that because of our openness to the Holy Spirit and our commitment to the orthodox faith, God will use us here for His glory. Amen.
Pictured Above: Six of the seven confirmands, Fr. Brian Schulz, Bishop Evans Kisekka and his wife and Fr. Menees of St. James - Newport Beach.

5 comments:

Ben said...

Congratulations on your confirmation that has got to be really exciting for you!

Peter said...

Congrats -- welcome to the Anglican corner of the fold!

NORTHERN PLAINS ANGLICANS said...

May you be abundantly strengthened as you go forth in Christ's service.

Scott said...

Hi Matthew,
My name is Scott and my wife and I are considering joining the Anglican communion ourselves. However we have been held back by the unchristian decisions in the Episcopal Church. I noticed that you have joined with one of the African dioceses which sounds interesting. Would it be possible to email you and talk about what led you to join Anglicanism along with some other questions? If so, I am pretty sure you can follow this comment to my rarely updated blog or maybe my email address. I would post my email here but I am not sure whether or not you have to approve your comments and I would rather not post my email freely on the internet. If you can't reach my email from this comment, please leave me a comment with your email (I will not approve your comment so that your email will not be posted). Thank you and God bless!

Matthew J. Perkins said...

Scott, I responded on your blog.