Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Lord Defend You with His Heavenly Grace

   Those words begin the prayer offered by the pastor on behalf of the church over the young people who knelt at the communion railing this past Sunday. 
   Confirmation Sunday was the capstone of one pivotal segment of the larger journey of faith for these young people. It is not the end of the journey, any more than any of us can boast we have reached complete perfection or maturity in love and grace, but it was special nonetheless. They stood before us and made commitments to God's Kingdom and to the local church where the Kingdom is being worked out, even now. I ask you to pray for each of these young people again this week that the Lord continue to defend, to bless, and to pour out his Spirit on them.

Austin Andujar
Dylan Glenn
Kyle Johnson
Elizabeth Ledbetter
Alex Mobayyeni
Payton Mobayyeni
Natalie Morris
Reese Phillips
Skylar Smith
Richmond Whittington
Trevor Whittington
Cheyenne Wilson

   The ministry of Confirmation celebrates the promise made at baptism as now being deliberately and thoughtfully received by these confirmands. We are also called on to renew our promises when we responded,
We give thanks for all that God has already done for you and we welcome you in Christian love. As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of the United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness, that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. 
   May the pure light of God shine around us and through us as we live out such a promise! 
   Grace and Peace, Scott

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