REFLECTIONS ON CONFIRMATION IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH...FROM A FORMER PENTECOSTAL! TESSA YEAKLEY, ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
On Sunday, May 23rd 2021 as Bishop Paulson preached his sermon, The Holy Spirit is Not a Gentle Breeze, I looked around the nave. I caught sight of the red, yellow, and pink balloons whipping through the air outside. I noticed the chandelier swaying and wondered if the wind was blowing against the bell tower.
“Pentecostal to Episcopalian?” they ask. “That’s quite a jump.”
I don’t have the words for it all, so I say something like “looking for a change” and “in love with the traditions” because both are true and both are enough.
I think of Aslan in the Narnia books and hear once again “He’s not a tame lion.”
Jesus never promised a comfortable journey. He promised He would be with me when He called me, a beggar, from the curb. He continues to open my eyes wide to the beauty and diversity of His Kingdom. I’m blessed, thankful, and Episcopalian as of today!
~Tessa Yeakley, St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
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