Sunday, May 20, 2018
Pentecost Sunday and Confirmation
Message: "Pentecost is for the Weak"
I just got finished signing 21 certificates for our Confirmation Class of 2018! I have never signed that many certificates here at Faith for a Confirmation class in the past 11 years.
As I have been signing, I noticed the scripture verse that is on each certificate. It is from Titus 3:5.
"God saved us through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit."
Think of those words, not only in relation to those young people who will be confirmed or baptized on Sunday at 11:00, but also in regard to yourself. "Rebirth" and "Renewal" are good words and necessary words. They are "good" as they speak into positive steps that happen in our life along the way. They are "necessary" as change is necessary in each and every one of us along the way. Times of renewal and rebirth are part of what have brought me to where I am today.
This Sunday, I will be celebrating that for these young men and women that Trey and I will be laying hands on as we confirm or baptized them. I will be celebrating that for all of us as we sing and speak into words that reflect the renewal and rebirth that happens within us.
So join us this Sunday as we celebrate how God comes to us and fills each and every one of us. Join us on this Pentecost Sunday as we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and seek to live into God's presence. And my prayer, not only for this Sunday but for each day, is that these words from a song we will sing at 9:30 will be more than words. May this be what we experience over and over again:
"Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord."
See you Sunday!