Prayers of the People
—April 23

So many petitions to lay before the throne of grace, Lord God, but even more thanksgivings.

It takes a village to raise a child, they say.  So it takes a congregation to raise a disciple.  And so we thank you for the virtual battalion of Kenilworth Union folk who have raised many of these confirmands from cradle to full stature of Christ.

We give thanks for the mothers and fathers who loved them into loveliness and graced them into gracefulness.

We give thanks for the ministries of Dr. Bowen and the Reverend Andrews, who baptized them 15 years ago.

We give thanks for the leadership of Anne Faurot and Chris Johnson and Laurel Lien, and Ben Graham and the thoughtful, lively way they turned the Bible into a vivid drama for us.

Some of them have come to us more recently, so we give thanks for distant communities of faith who raised them up in an excellent way and then sent them to us, a witness to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, sprinklings of salt and flickers of light all across the earth.

We give thanks for Katie and Silvi who through confirmation opened up for them the Bible’s wise words and the Church’s faithful if checkered history.

We give thanks for Lisa Bond, who has been teaching them to sing your glad songs for their entire lives.  This whole time.  Wow.

We give thanks for confirmation mentors whose advice is both gentle and wise.

Perhaps someday they will consider spreading an unfounded rumor about a classmate, and they will remember confirmation class and Paul’s words to the church at Rome: “Hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good.”

Perhaps someday they will be tempted to bend a rule or cut a corner, and they will remember Micah’s imperative on the seal of their church: do justice, love kindness, walk humbly.

Someday they will be on the verge of exacting exorbitant profit or reaping unjust gain, and they will remember confirmation class and the Great Commandment: love God above all, and your neighbor as yourself.

Someday they will want to put great distance between someone who broke their heart, but they will remember confirmation class and Jesus’ story about a father who runs to meet his wayward son while he is yet far off.

Thanks and thanks and ever thanks, in the name of Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying…