From Pastor Lori Harvey, Lead Pastor at Salem Grace UMC
Once in a while we need to slow down and remember who we are and to whom we belong. We are all children of God. When we stop, we can find renewal for our soul and refreshing opportunity toward a stronger faith. When we hurry, we can forget to look up and see the world around us. While some view the springtime as an allergy waiting to happen, it is the time to see the newness of life around us. When we hurry, we sometimes forget to look up and see the people in our lives that are important. Neighbors that care when we have lost a loved one, or a grandparent that wants to tell us a story of their childhood, can be an opportunity that we don't want to miss.
This Sunday, our confirmation class will stand before the congregation to affirm that they have been growing in faith and have decided to confirm their desire to be a disciple of christ. They will continue to learn but now is a time in their life when they can make decisions to follow Jesus. This Sunday, we will celebrate with them.
Some people have grown up in the church and have heard about Jesus since they were a child. I grew up in the church so I grew up knowing that Jesus loved me. Jesus loves me this I know is an easy children's song but we can continue to sing this at any age. It affirms, even confirms, that we are God's children. Others are new to the faith and don't know where to begin but have felt the Spirit working in their life. Grace UMC is offering a new casual worship on Wednesday nights called Grace Point. This worship experience will encourage people to grow in their relationship with God and others in a comfortable informal setting.
We invite you to join us for Confirmation Sunday worship at 9 a.m. During worship, we celebrate the joy of confirming our faith in a Risen Savior with music, prayer and scripture. May you be blessed this week with renewal of your faith.