Sunday, May 13, 2007

Confirmation & Baptism

Today was Confirmation Sunday again at MCC. It's a wonderful amalgam of tradition, ritual, spontaneity and no small bit of chaos. In other churches, Confirmation baptisms were celebrated within the service at the font. A kneeler was brought in and confirmands requesting baptism came to the font prior to the rite of confirmation.

But with the ocean right here, we gathered on the beach in the afternoon; families, other youth, and members of the church. After a brief litany of question and response, the two young people and Kim Crawford and I waded out into the very cold water for the baptsim. I love the portion of the litany where we ask God to bless these waters and I think...the entire Pacific Ocean!! Those are some big waters! When the kids come up out of the water, the witnesses on the shoreline break into applause, waking up everyone else on the beach sunbathing and swimming. It does become a wonderful witness.
The tiredness I feel after a full day like this is a truly sweet tiredness of knowing what I do is really a privilege.


At 9:03 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

How exciting! I am super fired to join you all so soon! God is Good!

At 9:03 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

that was supposed to say "fired up"...hopefully not "fired!"

At 3:19 PM , Blogger mark said...

very cool.


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