This Sunday at Zion was Reformation Sunday, when we recall Martin Luther's attempt to re-form the Catholic church from the inside out, and ended up forming his own group of followers from the outside. My question of the day is whether the Lutheran Church is still a re-forming church or have we become petrified in some ways. What would Luther say about the church today? Where can Grace, Faith, Christ and the Word lead us in an ever-changing world?
This Sunday we also celebrated the Affirmation of Baptism of 7 young adults. We call the process leading to this day CONFIRMATION.
CONFIRM:1 : to give approval to 2 : to make firm or firmer
4 : to give new assurance of the validity of : remove doubt about by authoritative act or indisputable fact.
It is our prayer that these young people have spent some time making their faith stronger, and giving new assurance of the validity of thier salvation. It is also our prayer that this is not a graduation from the church education process and worship, and that we will see them in the next 10 years!
What will confirm your faith today? Is it the ability of people to change in the face of adversity? Is it God's ability to remain steadfast in the face of our inability to trust? Or is it the smile on the face of the Goblin with a Unicef box when you donate a whole $5.00 bill?