May the peace of our Lord keep you in His merciful care.
I’m getting ready for our confirmation celebration at St. Paul this coming Sunday. We’ve got six young men and women who will affirm their baptismal promises. It’s a special time because they are adding their voice of promise to God with the promises of their parents and sponsors, pastor and congregation at the time of their baptism.
I wonder if everyone realizes how huge this day is in our lives. Naturally these confirmands have some idea, but do they recognize the full weight of the commitment they are making? The same holds true for the congregation. Confirmation is truly a celebration for the whole community of believers. I wonder if our community of St. Paul, or any community of believers in today’s church, really know how special the day is for all who are disciples of Christ.
These young men and women and others like them are the future of the church, any church, every church, our church. But it’s more than that. These are the ones who will become the next generation of witnesses to proclaim the salvation that is Jesus Christ.
It’s a big day and I am focused with that level of excitement clearly in mind. I hope I can share my love of Christ and commitment to serve Him to them — for their sake and for the sake of all those they will touch by sharing their faith. Let’s get them started out right with our prayers and, if possible, our very presence.
God bless and keep them strong in their faith, and yours too.
Pastor Lee R. Harder