Dedication and Consecration Service

Dedication and Consecration Service

by St. Augustine of Canterbury, Rocklin

Members, friends, clergy and guests of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church gathered in God's name Friday evening, February 28, 2014, to dedicate and consecrate our new Church building. It was a wonderful celebration of the second church our diocese has built in five years! The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner presided over this glorious event. During the service, he blessed the Church building as a place set apart for God and all of God’s people.

The event was marked by the energy of 200 people together celebrating the work of many people over the years in bringing the dream of this sacred and beautiful space to reality. The Rev. Peter Fritsch, the founding priest, traveled from Oregon to be present and the Rev. Nordon Winger, vicar for many years, traveled from Arizona to join the celebration.

As the Bishop moved from font, to pulpit, to the musical instruments and to the altar with prayers of consecration, the memories of beloved parishioners were recalled. The altar was designed and hand crafted by a parishioner, as was the hand blown glass font, in memory of significant members of the congregation.

We give thanks and express our deep gratitude for Bishop Beisner’s strong support over the years, and we look forward to the new ways we are now able to serve God and our neighbors. The people of St. Augustine are excited for this new chapter as we share the love of God in our community!

Click here to watch a video of Bishop Beisner's sermon from the service.

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1. The Rev. Peter L. Fritsch wrote:
It was with great joy that I join Bishop Beisner and the Rev.Liz Armstrong and the congregation of St. Augustine's last month for the dedication. It was inspiring to see not just the church building up and running, but the spiritual vitality of the congregation. It was also a great blessing to sit together and partake of Jesus' body and blood together with about twenty five of the original congregants whose dedication and sacrifice allowed the church to get off the ground. The music, especially "Break this Bread, Bless this Cup' during communion brought back wonderful memories of the praise music we used to encouraged unchurched young families to learn to worship in spirit, truth and love for God.

I am thankful for the invitation by Rev. Liz to be there. Wouldn't have missed it for anything in this world, or the next one! Love Peter Fritsch

Tue, March 25, 2014 @ 11:38 PM

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