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The Pastor’s Pen

Last Sunday we held our annual confirmation service, and our confirmation class answered an important question:
Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior
put your whole trust in his grace,
and promise to serve him as your Lord,
in union with the church which Christ has opened
to people of all ages, nations, and races?

All five confirmands gave a robust “I do” in response. What a wonderful day! What a great reason to celebrate!

Know that this is the most important question we’ll ever be asked, and know that this is the most important “yes” we’ll ever give. I’m so proud of our confirmation students for their great “yes,” and I’m excited for their futures as they seek to serve and grow closer to God.

However, the confirmands weren’t the only ones making commitments this past Sunday. We all did! Do you remember the part of the service where we welcomed them into the church as new members? We all said:

We give thanks for all that God has already given 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.

Prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. These are the things we promised to do when we joined the church, and these are the things we promise to do every time we welcome someone into membership.

May it be so!