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Re: [Mgdln] Age of Confirmation - was Re:Lovely service!
I was confirmed on 29 October 1961. I was 24, almost 25. It's the only
"diploma" or "award" that I display in my study. No other rite of
passage has transformed and shaped me like this one.
I am grateful for my Baptist roots. I would not have become an
Episcopalian had we not also believed in the priesthood of the individual
believer. I would also have had trouble if our hymnal had omitted that
great favorite of Baptists: "Just As I Am Without One Plea." At any
service after I am cremated, I hope they will sing all 300 verses ('o;)
of that "invitation hymn," along with the hymn that they always seemed to
sing when I visited Episcopal Churches as a child, "Fairest Lord Jesus."
I treasure my baptism by immersion and my Spirit baptism. Like Luther, at
some points in my life my major assurance has been, "I have been
Strive for justice and peace among all people,
and respect the dignity of every human being.