This Sunday is a special day in the life of our church. It is Confirmation Sunday. Thirty-eight young people will affirm their faith in Christ and become full members of the church at our 11:00 am traditional worship service. I know that you will want to be present to support and celebrate this very important milestone in their lives and in our community of faith.
In both the 9:30 and 11:00 am services I’ll focus on a passage from 1 Peter:
Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. (1 Peter 3:13-18)
Every Sunday we end our services with the worship leader asking a question: Our gathering will soon be ended. Where will we go and what will we do? We answer together: We will go out to be God’s people in the world. Our young people who are being confirmed have been learning all year what that means.
As you prepare your heart and mind for worship this Sunday, I invite you to ask yourself this question:
How do I faithfully live out my faith in the world today?
I look forward to being back in worship with you this Sunday.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster,