Growing in our faith is a lifelong process and a journey in which we are continually being formed more fully into the image of Christ. As a part of the body of Christ we covenant with each other to nurture and teach our children and youth at every step along the way. We show each other what it means to be Christ-followers. And we don’t take this journey of faith alone. We journey together as a community.
This Sunday we’ll share in the privilege and responsibility of our baptismal vows as we come in worship to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism and the Confirmation of many young people who are making their profession of faith. We become members of the church through baptism – it is our initiation into the body of Christ. Confirmation is the first public profession of faith and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Confirmation classes are over but Confirmation is not an ending; it is the beginning of a spiritual adventure as we commit to living as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Confirmation is the making firm and strengthening of our Christian faith. The Holy Spirit grants us the power and strength to live into the faith that we profess. And we need power and strength for this walk of faith. Our callings as Christians sometimes put us at odds with worldly and cultural norms. Being a Christian does not mean that the Spirit always leads us to easy and comfortable places along our journey.
We can imagine how uneasy and uncomfortable the disciples were on that first Easter evening when Jesus came into the house where they were gathered behind locked doors. The disciples were probably scared and confused as Jesus showed them the mark of the nails in his hands, and the mark of the spear that pierced his side.
The first thing Jesus says is, “Peace be with you.” In the midst of fear, uneasiness, discord and worry Jesus brings peace. He offers the disciples the power of the Holy Spirit and the peace that nothing in our world or culture can offer. That’s what Jesus does. That’s who Jesus is. That’s why we journey together – so we can model this peace and give encouragement and strength to each other. So we can surround one another ‘with a community of love and forgiveness’ and help each other to be ‘true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life.’
We offer thanks to God for the young people that will be baptized and will confirm their faith by making their first public profession of their commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior. Please pray for peace for our confirmands as they begin this leg of their faith journey and as they covenant to faithfully participate in the ministries of the church by their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Thanks be to God.
Peace to you,