As part of her 2018 episcopal visitation schedule, Bishop Melissa Skelton travelled to her parish of St. John the Baptist, Sardis to join the rector, the Reverend Allan Carson and the St. John's community for the Palm Sunday Eucharist, March 25, 2018. It was a beautiful morning in that southeastern Fraser Valley town and the early 20th century wooden church was filled to capacity.
Worship began with the Liturgy of the Palms held outside the main entrance to the parish hall on the plaza and then the procession through the hall, into the sanctuary filling every seat in the nave and chancel singing “All Glory Laud and Honour.”
The younger members of the parish were totally absorbed by Bishop Skelton's address to them about the celebration of Palm Sunday but also the duality of the approaching challenge that Jesus would face.
Deacon, the Reverend Larry Adkins shared The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark (15: 1-47) and Bishop Skelton took the Epistle reading for her sermon text Philippians 2: 5-11.