This Week in Worship: “Taking Up Residence”

April 23, 2017

Confirmation Sunday

“At this very moment, whoever and wherever you are, something beyond our full comprehension is taking place within your life and mine. The infinite God of love has chosen to become resident within you and to work within you for pure good.  Since God is pure goodness and has no ulterior motives, we can trust, embrace, and cooperate with the divine work going on within us and every child of God.”  Rueben P. Job

As our students are confirmed on Sunday, April 23 at the 9:30am service, we can trust, and they can trust, that God is taking up residence in them, this God who has been in pursuit of them and each and every person their entire life. In confirmation, we claim and embrace God’s residence in our lives and can place our trust in our God so that in turn we can do good in the world.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us…Romans 5:1-8
…For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:10-11

Confirmation Class 2017

CONFIRMAND FAITH PARTNER
Elise Katherine Bernhard Kyndall Coon
Jacob Odus Brasher John Ragsdale
Bryn Rose FaheyCindy Tucker
Adam Kristopher HerringMike Tucker
Madison Rae LutrickCarol Smithwick
Robert Arnold Martin IV Greg Schell
William Austin McDonaldScott Horton
Avery Claire Murphy Kelley Bernhard
Riley James OestreichTed Bernhard
Mallory Belle RussellLisa Haynes
Marshall McDaniel StubbsRandy Locke
Meredith Evelyn TuckerDaisy Miller
Bryson S. TurnerBrock Fairchild
Kevin Obinna UmocheTony Stubbs