First, it reminds us of the function of the Church. The bishop, as successor to the apostles, down through the unbroken chain of succession (or family tree) stands to remind the Church of Her purpose. Namely, to hand down Faith from generation to generation. By virtue of his office the bishop, or overseer, serves to ensure that the Faith is not twisted, diluted, or suited to our liking. Rather, that the totality of Scripture is taught, the undivided teachings of the Church that reflect Scripture are maintained, and generations to come know the saving news of Jesus Christ. As we gather to witness the succession in our diocese we recall the larger nature and reason of the Church and common worship that binds us together.
Second, see the Church gathered. Many of you have heard us talk about the scope of the Anglican Communion and over sixty churches in our diocese alone. But few have witnessed it first hand! This is a unique opportunity to do so. With over a thousand others from all over north Texas ranging from College Station to Gainesville and Breckenridge to Dallas, members of those congregations will be present. You will see banners that represent those churches process in as we see what it means to be part of the diocese. You will also see bishops from around the Anglican Church in North America and from around the world who will be present as visible reminders that we are part of the Church beyond our diocese.
Among all the obligations next month, don’t miss this one. You are invited as a member of Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to see more fully what that means hand. We proclaim it weekly in the Creed on Sunday mornings but now you have the distinct opportunity to witness it! I truly look forward to this moment and hope to see you there as well.