This Sunday I have the privilege of confirming the vows of membership that over 25 young people will make in front of the congregation during the 8:30 a.m. worship hour. Ed and I have interviewed all of them and those that are choosing to join are consistently clear that they want to join a church where the faith is seen and lived out together. They want to be included and all in with those they see are inclusive and all in with their faith. This inspires me and makes me ever so proud to be their pastor and welcome them as the newest members of FUMC Plano (our total will be over 50 for the year).
This Sunday is also Commitment Sunday for everyone already a member. We have the opportunity to show these Confirmands that we are all in with our commitment to their future and ours. They will watch as we get up out of our pews and bring our Our Home commitment cards to the railing as our praise and thank God from whom all blessings flow. As of today, we are but a few thousand dollars away from our $2 million First Step goal; on Confirmation Sunday, we have the chance to blow by that toward the Our Home goal of $3 million.
As new members, those Confirmands will be challenged to make their own commitment to our common future. But make no mistake: they will learn what they see us live and they want to see us live it first. Let's do that for them in a big way.
See you at the teaching place this Sunday,