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The Pastor’s Pen

Sunday was a glorious day in the life of our church. We were blessed with beautiful music in all of our services, the state champion New Albany High School tennis team joined us at Embrace, and we confirmed 13 young people into the Christian faith at our 11 a.m. service.

One thing we really emphasize in our confirmation program is that confirmation is NOT a graduation. It’s actually a launching into a life of discipleship and ministry. God will continue to work on us every day of our lives, and he will continue to call us into ministry each and every day.

Thus, Confirmation Day always causes me to reflect on my own faith and discipleship. Since my own confirmation wasn’t a graduation, how am I doing on my walk with Christ? These questions are the ones I find helpful as a diagnostic tool:
-Am I enjoying worship? Do I anticipate worship opportunities with joy?
-Am I reading the scriptures with the same joy?
-Do I look for ways to serve others?
-Am I praying? Am I growing in my prayer life?
-Do I practice generosity? Am I tithing cheerfully?
-Am I telling others about Jesus and our church?

These questions are modeled after the vows of the church found in our confirmation liturgy: “As members of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?” You’ll remember that our confirmation class said “yes” to this question, and, just after their response, we renewed “our covenant to faithfully participate in the ministries of the church.”

The young people said “yes” to life in Christ. The rest of us reaffirmed our “yes.” That, indeed, makes for a glorious day! Discipleship matters, and confirmation is the launching point to it.

See you Sunday!