Psalm 69: 1-23, 24-30, 31-38; Exod. 1:6-33; 1 Cor. 12: 12-26; Mark 8: 27-9:1
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8: 34-35)
My parents had me baptized in the Episcopal Church when I was a baby. I am so thankful for that. I think being an Episcopalian when I was growing up was more of a ritual for me, just part of who I was. I was an acolyte, walking the church aisles during many years of sermons.
I was a young missionary (age 8) for Youth With a Mission, and did everything from participating in plays for King’s Kids (the children’s singing group) to carrying Bibles in my Monchichi doll’s diapers into parts of China and working in a Vietnamese refugee camp in Hong Kong. I also brought God’s word through music and dance to prisoners in the Philippines.
As a young adult I lost my way a bit with the church; I still attended but was not 100% devoted to my religion. Then I got married and had my first son, Ryan. That was when the miracle of life hit me. I realized I had this new life to bring into God’s light. It was a revelation!
I recognize it is my responsibility to teach both Ryan and Carter God’s word, not only through the church but by my own example. From every word I speak, they learn. From every action I take, they learn. For them to be one with God as I wish, I need to be one with God completely, as He has created me to be. I’m working on it.
Alicia and Jeff Goodfellow were married at St. Margaret’s, and their younger son Carter was baptized there last Pentecost.