Catechumen Luke Weber Confirmed on Pentecost Sunday 2013
With Christ With us we Are Never Alone
This year was a unique year; Mount Olive had a single young catechumen, Luke Weber. In 2011 we had 9, in 2012 we had 5, and next year in 2014 we'll have 13. Every year we have some adult confirmations of Baptism as well. Luke had as his confirmation verse Psalm 105:1 "Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples," but Luke's favourite verse is from the Gospel of John 11:35, "Jesus wept" this may be because it is the shortest verse in the Bible, but it has special meaning as it was read as part of the Gospel reading at the funeral of a close family friend who kept horses on the Weber family farm. So John 11:35 sort of became his "official" unofficial Confirmation verse. If you're worried that Luke was all alone in his classes, you need not be, he spent his second year of confirmation with the Youth/Young adults Bible study and had the rare opportunity to read the Large Catechism as part of his confirmation classes.
Jim Nixon spoke on behalf of the Church Council and very poignantly reminded us of how Christ is with us even when we look to the world to be standing alone, and that even tough Luke is a confirmation class of one he is a reminder that Christ is with us as He promises to be and that with Christ with us we are never alone.
An invitation was extended by Rocky Campbell for young people to come to Camp Lutherland this summer. Closing prayer was provided by Pastor Terry Defoe and an invitation to other youth to join the Thursday Night Youth/Young Adult Bible Study and other youth activities at Mount Olive was extended by Pastor Ted Giese.