UACT Joint Confirmation: May 20, 2018

UACT Joint Confirmation

 May 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., at Zion UCC

“Baptized in Faith, Confirmed into God’s Community”

Prelude

 Candlelighting (C.J. and Hannah)

Leader:        We are a people living in the light of God’s Resurrection Power. We light a candle to celebrate this amazing love.

People:       We are a people living in the light of Christ’s saving power.  We light a candle to celebrate our redemption.

Leader:        We are a people enlivened and emboldened by the Holy Spirit.  We light a candle to celebrate this gift of divine presence.

People:       We give thanks for all the ways that the Church has transformed the world, given us hope, and brought us into the light.  May the power of Jesus Christ continue to move us forward into the future, as we celebrate the Confirmation of these young people into full membership in the Body of Christ.

Praise Response: “Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary”

Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true…

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.

Call to Worship:  Mark 1: 9-11 (N.T., pg. 33) (Gabriella)

Leader:        In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

People:      And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

*Opening Hymn: “In the Midst of New Dimensions”………………………………….………#315

*Prayer of Invocation (Gabriella)

All:               We gather today to learn what it is to be a pilgrim community.  We gather bringing our hopes and fears, our memories and our dreams.  We gather, longing for the guidance of God’s Spirit to give us courage for the road ahead.  Come, Christ Jesus, be in our midst.  Bless us as we remember our ancestors in the faith who have shown us the way forward.  Help us to find a clear vision for the future, as we learn to be disciples, day by day. Amen.  (Please be seated)

Time of Confession (Ashlyn)

Leader:        As we prepare to come to the Lord’s Table, let us confess our sins before God and one another.

All:              Lord, forgive us for our sinful actions.  Those actions have hurt us, those around us, and have caused us to stray from your love.  Grant healing to those who have been hurt, and help us to get back on the path you have prepared for us.  God, you continue to call us back into community, and we are thankful that you do not keep score of our wrongs or measure how far we have wandered.  As we are welcomed home to you, we pray that we will learn from that forgiveness, and offer it to others, as well.

 Assurance of Pardon (Pastor Kim)

Leader:        Sometimes we get all tied up remembering, keeping score, bearing grudges.  God doesn’t.  Your past is accepted.  Let it go.  Live in the freedom God hands to you afresh each day.  Know that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. We are each of us a new creation in Christ, fully loved, and fully forgiven.

People:       God’s name be praised!

Scripture

                     Psalm 37: vss 12-24 (O.T., pg. 483) (Liam)

Acts 16:   vss 25-34 (N.T., pg. 128) (Joey)

 The Message:  (Emma, Liam, Ashlyn, Joey)

 *Apostle’s Creed (Please turn to page 35 in front of hymnal) (Hannah)

(During the Creed our confirmands, through the action of “asperges” or sprinkling of water, will remind us of our baptism and our baptismal promises.)

Leader:        Let us unite with the Church in all times and places in confessing our faith in the triune God. Will all who are able please stand? Let us confess the faith of our Baptism.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Affirmation Of Baptism Through The Act Of Confirmation

Confirmands: Hannah, Liam, Isabelle, Briana, Joey, Emma, Ashlyn .

Pastor Ben:    Brothers and Sisters in Christ:  In Holy Baptism our Lord Jesus Christ receives all of us into the Body of Christ.  These young people have found nurture and support in the midst of the family of Christ, in their respective churches.  Through prayer and study they have been led by the Holy Spirit to affirm their baptism, and to claim in our presence the covenantal relationship with Christ and the members of the Body of Christ.  They present themselves here for service to Jesus Christ, using the gifts the Spirit bestows.

 Prayer Of The Candidates

Candidates: O God, my God, known to me in Jesus Christ, I give myself to you as your own, to love and serve you faithfully all the days of my life. Amen.

Prayer of Confirmation

Pastor Wes: Almighty God, who in baptism received these your servants into the church, forgave their sins, and promised them eternal life, increase in them the gifts of your Holy Spirit. Grant love for others, joy in serving you, peace in conflict, patience in suffering, kindness toward all people, goodness in evil times, faithfulness in temptation, self-control in all things.  Thereby strengthen them for their ministry in the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior, Amen.

 Question to the Candidates

Pastor Tim: Do you promise to participate in the life and mission of the family of God’s people, sharing regularly in the worship of God and enlisting in the work of your respective churches, as it serves the community and the world? If so, please answer, “I promise with the help of God.”

Act Of Confirmation – the laying on of hands (families and mentors are invited forward)

Welcome

Pastor Kim: Will all who are able rise to welcome our confirmands into the Body of Christ, and affirm our mutual ministry.

*All:            Let us, the members of Upper Adams Christians Together, promise our continuing friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the Church of Jesus Christ.  By the power of the Holy Spirit may we continue to grow together in God’s knowledge and love and be witnesses of our Risen Savior.

 *Hymn: “Here I Am, Lord”……………………………#69

Offering: The offering will be given towards the July 2018 Reach mission trip to Vassar, Michigan.

 *Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”………………#607

Holy Communion

*Communion Prayer

Leader:        God be with you.

People:       And also with you.

Leader:         Lift up your hearts.

People:       We lift them to God.

Leader:        Let us give thanks to God Most high.

People:       It is right to give God thanks and praise. 

Leader:        Holy God, our loving Creator, close to us as breathing, and distant as the farthest star, we thank you for your constant love for all you have made.  We thank you for all that sustains life, for all people of faith in every generation who have given themselves to your will, and especially for Jesus Christ, whom you have sent from your own being as our Savior.  We thank you for Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection and for the calling forth of your church for its mission in the world. We offer ourselves to you as we unite our voices with the entire family of your faithful people everywhere.

People:       Holy, Holy, Holy God of love and majesty, the whole universe speaks of your glory, O God Most High. (please be seated.)

Acclamation: “Christ Has Died, Christ Is Risen” ………………#553

Words of Institution

Prayer of Consecration

Preparation of the Elements

 Sharing the Elements (Isabelle, Briana, Chase, Hannah)

            During the distribution:  “Come to the Table of Grace”……….…#507

 Prayer of Thanksgiving

All:               Bountiful God, we give you thanks that you have refreshed us at your table by granting us the presence of Christ. Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 Closing Hymn: “Shine, Jesus, Shine”…………#192

Benediction (Ashlyn)

 Confirmation Class of 2017/2018:

Hannah – Bendersville Lutheran Parish (2nd Year)

Chase – Flohr’s Lutheran (1st Year)

Gabriella – St. Paul’s Lutheran (1st Year)

Liam – Flohr’s Lutheran (2nd Year)

Chance – Zion UCC (1st Year)

Briana – Zion UCC (2nd Year)

Isabelle – Zion UCC (2nd Year)

Joey – Trinity Lutheran (2nd Year)

Emma – Zion UCC (2nd Year)

Ashlyn – Trinity Lutheran (2nd Year)

As part of our preparation for this service, the Confirmands decided to create the crosses that were given with the bulletins. The crosses are to signify the gift of baptism, and the Living Water given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The UACT pastors wish to thank the families and mentors of our youth. Without you our pastoral work could not be undertaken! We appreciate the diligence with which you supported Confirmation, and assisted this important process of Christian nurture. Each youth being confirmed today was given a card noting a scripture passage selected for them personally, by their pastor.  The verse is meant to remind him or her of how special they are both to their pastor and to God!