This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday. It’s the Sunday where we celebrate the work done by these six amazing youth; work that explored what it means to be Christian, a member of a church, a member of a community and a member of God’s creation. This is a highly intelligent, wonderfully creative, and deeply engaging group. Some will join the church. Others will not. Some identify themselves as Christian while others self-identify as Agnostics. Some are fairly new to the church while others have been a part of the Aldersgate family since birth. Two were baptized as a part of the Confirmation Retreat at Lazy F two weeks ago. In many ways this group of six represent us, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, with all of our wonderful differences. It has been a privilege, for a really short time, spending time with this group. And I want to thank Jen who designed, taught, supported and loved this group throughout the Confirmation experience.
So this Sunday I want to talk Confirmation, but also talk about the dangers of “either / or” attitudes. If we seek to live in the world of “either / or” we would not celebrate the diversity of this group. If we live “either / or” lives we miss the magnificent middle, no matter whether in faith or politics or life. So this Sunday we’ll gather, celebrate the “both / and” of this group, and of our own faith journeys. To prepare please read Matthew 5:13-15 and Hebrews 10: 24-25.