This year at confirmation we played Jenga a bit differently, we tried to see how high we could go; we made moves that supported each other.
We played Jenga….together.
This is a picture of our entire 2014 Confirmation class and myself at our last meeting last night playing our last game of Jenga…together. That’s right there are two of them Alex and Kate and they were a great team. The Jenga you see in this picture is a Jenga set and a half and we got it almost twice as high as this picture. We played Jenga together well in confirmation this year.
This Sunday we will celebrate the confirmation of faith for Kate and Alex. I want to encourage you to attend both to support Alex and Kate and to reaffirm, to re – confirm your faith as well. What is confirmed at confirmation are vows that you were made for you at your baptism. Those vows have to do with believing that good is more powerful than evil; that Jesus is a pathway to God you recognize and that in the end Love wins. I guess you could say we have many confirmations in our life and that Confirmation Sunday is something like a first public confirmation.
If you can’t make it to worship this Sunday I want to still encourage you to take some time during the day to pause and in some way confirm or reconfirm you faith. Here are a few suggestions I’ve come up with based upon our year in confirmation and some of the things we experienced.
- Light a Candle and turn off the lights and just look at it for a moment. If you don’t have a match; place the candle on a glass table top, turn on the flashlight app on your phone, place the phone directly underneath the candle.
- Say the Lord’s Prayer in a whisper or with someone you love.
- Share out loud a high or a low of your week. Preferably this does not include something about how good or bad you did on a test at school.
- Do something for someone in need. If you can’t serve at a food shelf or go to Feed My Starving Children, how about calling a relative (think that reclusive uncle) who is lonely and could use a hello on a Sunday afternoon.
- Download and watch one of Rob Bell’s Nooma short films, really they are all under 13 minutes at nooma.com. “Life” “You” “Sunday” even “Lump” are good choices
- Read the Bible. Read the Bible in a translation you don’t usually use. Try “The Message.” We’ve got plenty of these Bibles at church you can borrow or have. Some suggestions are I Corinthians 12, the story of Jacob in Genesis starting in chapter 25. (This will be great preparation for worship this July) Any story about Jesus start with the Good Samaritan.
- Eat a piece of Pizza (We did this most every week. At the very least you can reconfirm how much you like pizza)
- And of course, Play Jenga…Together.