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January 15, 2017 Confirmation (part of a sermon series on Sacraments & Sacramental Rites)

January 15, 2017 Confirmation (part of a sermon series on Sacraments & Sacramental Rites)

Scripture:  JOHN 1:29-42

     I have a confession to make: I was never confirmed.  I know, I know!  What’s a church to make of a pastor who was never confirmed?  Do I even count as a pastor?  Maybe everything I say and do is a sham!  I’m clearly here under false pretenses!

     My missing confirmation was actually a matter of circumstance.  In my sophomore year of high school, when I would have had confirmation, my family and I went to England for a full academic year.  And when I returned from England, I went away to boarding school, and wasn’t part of a church or youth group.  So I missed it.  My only comfort, and it can be yours, as well, comes in the resolution of an ancient church controversy.  The so-called Donatists argued, in the fourth century, that priests needed to be totally pure in order for the sacraments to be valid.  The great St. Augustine argued, on the other

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