Touché April 21, 2017
Posted on April 21, 2017 by under This Week's Announcements, Worship,


Gen Next

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.  For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;  for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:5-6)

The two most important days in the church year will appear back to back this year; Easter and Confirmation Sunday.  Without Easter we have no story to share.  Without confirmation there will be no people to share it.  You have heard me say: “Christianity is always one generation away from extinction.”  On Sunday, twelve young people will stand and confess their faith as those who will carry the story on to the next generation.

This has been an amazing group of young people.  As you read their credos on Sunday you will hear an honest voice of struggle and testing in the faith.  It is fitting that we look at the story of Thomas, whom we have called the doubter, who said unless I am able to touch and see for myself the risen Christ I will not believe.  This group has shared the struggle and that has led them to a deeper faith.  They have been shaped by family, by their friends and by mission at Hopewell. It is reflective of what Paul writes to Timothy about his faith passed through grandma and mom. The church laid hands on Timothy as the torch being passed to the next generation.

We have two from the fourteen who will not be confessing faith on Sunday – one who felt the integrity of the process invites her to participate next year, and one who is not sure about faith at this point in his life.  I have always started the confirmation process with the speech that says I don’t want you to do this because your parents want you to, or to feel like you have to stand up and say things you don’t believe.  It does not surprise me that in this group, that is so honest, we have two who really respect the integrity of this process.

Usually the Sunday after Easter is called “low Sunday.”  After the party of the resurrection people tend to stay away the next week.  I am not sure what that is about, but this year we will call this “high Sunday” as we celebrate the resurrection with the next generation.  Make sure you are here to join the elders as we lay hands on these young people and witness to the Spirit being poured out on gen-next.

In Hope,