My usual Sunday visits often include the service of Confirmation. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to meet with folks before the service and to talk with them about their journey in faith.
I’m also open to regional services of Confirmation. It’s always fun when people come together from several churches, and we get a sense of being part of something larger than our home congregation.
The greater Portland congregations had been planning a joint service for some time, and as the time approached, the service began to grow as churches from around the diocese joined in. On Sunday, May 1, nine churches of the Diocese, including St. John’s, Bangor and St. Mark’s, Waterville, convened for a joyful service. Some 40 persons, both youth and adults, confirmed the vows of their baptism or were received into the Episcopal Church. Although there wasn’t an opportunity for in-depth conversation, the large gathering had other joys – wonderful music, a wide variety of participants, the joy of hearing all those names as the clergy presented each person.
I’m very grateful for the energy that went into preparing for the shared service. My special thanks go to Dean Ben Shambaugh, David Savage and the Verger Corps, Cathedral Musician Albert Melton, the Altar Guild, Celine Baker (St. Ann’s, Windham) and Madeline Roberts (Cathedral), who read, and all the clergy of the several congregations who prepared the confirmands and took part in the service. It was a memorable celebration.