Of all the things I do as Associate Pastor for Youth, nothing is more rewarding than walking young people through Confirmation. This process of claiming one's Christian faith is a beautiful reality. As one of our confirmands will share Sunday in her statement of faith, "I have been fortunate in my life to have always known Christ. My faith journey is pretty simple because I have always been surrounded by the love of Christ...I hope one day I can help others on their faith journey and be a shining example of God's love."
This confirmand already is a "shining example of God's love," as are the others, and JCPC has always done a splendid job of surrounding our young people with the love of Christ. Professing one's faith is one of life's true treasures as we discover that God adopts us into God's family. Confirmation has been an exciting four month process with these exuberant, wide-eyed young people, who are ready to rise up and set sail on their faith journeys.
So come encourage them-and be encouraged-this Sunday in both our worship services. As an anomaly, this year we have only four confirmands, so we are allowing them all to share in both services. As I say often, it is a beautiful thing to see the body of Christ at work!
Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Prayer for Today
We thank you, O God, for the gift of faith, and for giving our confirmands the wings to fly like eagles. Amen.