The epistle reading for today’s service of Holy Eucharist comes from 2 Timothy, specifically 2 Timothy 3:10-17. The passage reads:
“Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11my persecutions, and my suffering the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13But wicked people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.16All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”
As the program year wraps up I am reminded again and again how blessed St. Alban’s is to have such an incredibly dedicated and inspiring group of volunteer teachers who instruct our children and youth so that they can say, “how from childhood [we] have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct [us] for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” St. Alban’s uses as the primary curriculum for the ages two through 10 Catechesis of The Good Shepherd which requires that the teachers, or catechists as they are called, attend monthly training sessions. The year-long certification process encompasses dozens and dozens of hours given by the catechists so that they are able to fully take advantage of all the learning that this program provides for our children. Each of the classrooms has at least one certified catechist and St. Alban’s has dedicated funds to ensure that those who want to receive the full training are able to do so.
I am so very thankful for our catechists and all of the work that they do instructing our children about the tradition, scripture and reason that is our Anglican heritage. Please join me in thanking Penny Glass, Sandra Loftin, Elizabeth Fisher, Rebecca Jo Ball, Molly Buck, Eve Zartman-Ball, Annie McGrath, Fiona Parnigoni, Bill Ball, Kristie Hassett, and Darin Bartram. They are helping to ensure, as Timothy writes, “that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”
In Christ’s most holy name,