Bishop Mayer visits St. Martin’s, Keller

Bishop Mayer visits St. Martin’s, Keller

Bishop Scott Mayer visited St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, on Sunday, April 7, 2019, for baptisms, confirmations, and receptions.

He baptised and confirmed Linda R. McCutcheon, and baptised McAllister Smith Heidenreich, and Kendall Michelle Heidenreich.  He confirmed Sara Kathryn Collier, Matthew Richard Goodner, Linda R. McCutcheon,  Justin Scott Johnson, Jordan Janea Taylor, and Jon Edison Steffens. He received Mary Elizabeth Soland, James Martin McManic, Michelle Marie Lane, and Jeanne Marie Dorn.

He visited with the children about the job of a bishop and showed them his crozier, ring, pectoral cross, and mitre and explained the significance of each. See the video here.

Watch a video of his sermon.

Bishop Mayer concludes his sermon by saying, “We are here, because we choose love. But let me suggest that we don’t need to chase love, for we are loved already.

“You have nothing to prove.  You have no need to justify yourself. You have no need to chase prestige, adoration, or admiration, or all the self-justifying things we chase in order to justify ourselves. You are baptized.  And the same words the Voice spoke when Jesus came up out of his baptismal waters are spoken to you. They were true all along.  “You are my beloved child; with you I am well pleased.”

“You are loved before you accomplish one thing. You are loved without conditions. It’s true for you. It’s true for the whole world.  And, it is the loving, liberating, life-giving Gospel message we are called to proclaim and embody in the Name of the Holy Trinity, one God, in Whom we live, and move, and have our being. Amen.”

Listen to a podcast of his sermon and/or read the text.

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