Beloved Saints of God,
Welcome to worship. It is good to have you here at Pittsburg Presbyterian Church. This is an especially good day because we are receiving 14 children of this congregation into full membership. Today they confirm the promises made on their behalf during their respective baptisms. They are here to say, in their own words, what they believe. They desire to be active members of this congregation and as a church we could not be happier. It is a good day in deed.
Another reason for our joy today is that we get to celebrate the ministry of Julie Bernhardt. After years of ministry on staff here at Pitt Pres, Julie has taken another job and is no longer on staff here. She has nurtured and tutored these confirmands, preparing them for today. We owe Julie a debt of great gratitude for seeing this work through. While she is no longer on staff, Julie continues to be active in this church’s ministry and mission. The only difference is that Julie is no longer on staff. We thank you for your ministry as a staff member, Julie. We look forward to what good works God has ordained for us to do together yet (Ephesians 2:10).
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
I invite you to settle in for a meaningful time of worship. Today’s sermon will be preached by our 14 confirmands through their respective statement of faith. May their articulation of their faith inspire us all to think about how our faith shapes our lives.
Come, let us worship God,