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After church yesterday I had supper with some friends, and their kids had made Pentecost flames out of red birthday party hats and were toting them around the restaurant. "And you shall be my witnesses in Judea, and in all local pubs, and in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth..." or something like that. Genius.
As Bishop Todd Hunter reminded us in the Confirmation service on Saturday, that's why the church has the Holy Spirit: to be creative, lively, joyful witnesses for the God we know. It's not a few "charistmatic" Christians who have this calling, either. We're all being invited, encouraged, called just past what we're used to, what we're quite comfortable with, to be "changed from glory to glory."
Where might you be feeling encouragement to pursue God afresh? Could it be something as simple as, so to speak, wearing a different hat?
Watch out below for summer events and programs that seek to explore this question. We're heading out to camp, helping with VBS, discerning a service project, and studying the books of Acts and Jonah. We'll be asking all summer, "Where is God calling you?" Pray for our staff as we ask that question with students, and as we ask it of ourselves!
This past weekend, along with over thirty adult confirmands, we watched eight students renew their baptismal vows in a service of Confirmation and Ordination. We also saw Deacon Taylor become Father Taylor! What a blessing to have these servants of the church as a part of Student Ministry.
Bishop Todd Hunter preached a challenging sermon on the work and presence of the Holy Spirit, then blessed each student by name, asking God to fill them with his love and power. Later we celebrated together with friends and family in the fellowship hall. It was quite a crowd, and truly a celebration.
Before being confirmed, students presented thesis projects that described crucial parts of their spiritual journey, and where they hoped to grow. Projects included: community service, a stained glass window design, a comic book retelling of a parable, a spiritual autobiography, and an original song. Students expressed desires to grow in devotional practices, integrity, community, dependence on God, and mercy toward others.
Please congratulate these students when you see them, and encourage them in their new stage of Christian life.
Amber NoelAssociate Director of Student Ministry
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