The last couple of Sundays have been pretty special in worship, haven’t they?
First was Easter Sunday with more than 3,400 people making their way into the Sanctuary for one of four services. It was the first time we celebrated Easter in our newly renovated Sanctuary and it was incredible. The Sanctuary was decked out with white Easter lilies, the music was superb, the spirit was wonderful and we professed our faith that Christ is alive. There are so many people to thank for all the work that went into Holy Week and Easter Sunday, I don’t know where to begin. In fact, if I start, I’m sure I will unintentionally leave out someone. That being said, I especially want to thank the Transition Team that helped us changeover the Sanctuary from the 8:00 a.m. Contemporary service to the three Traditional services. We had a very tight window and they successfully shifted it in 15 minutes.
Last Sunday, of course, was Confirmation Sunday. Seventy-five of our young people stood at the altar of the church, confessed their faith in Christ and became the newest members of Dunwoody United Methodist Church. It is always one of the great joys of my ministry to lay my hands on the heads of those joining the church and confirm their faith in Christ. Again, there are so many people who helped to make this day possible. Some of these people include parents, other family members as well as those who taught and helped with the confirmation classes. I especially want to thank Director of Youth Ministry, Dallas Pfeiffer and Youth Ministry Associate, Brooke Freeman, for all their efforts. Besides the impact they had on the young people, they helped make the whole process run smoothly.
This Sunday, we will be having Youth Sunday. The youth will be participating in every aspect of the services and our Seniors will be sharing from their hearts. Each year, I am always impressed with the exceptional job that is done by our youth. They offer prayers that give expression to our faith. They lead with confidence. They share stories that are inspiring. They help serve the sacrament with grace. I always leave feeling I have been blessed by their participation.
We are a fortunate church. We have been blessed in so many ways. Thanks for allowing God to use you to be a blessing to others.