Some 650 years before Jesus was born, God appeared to a young boy named Jeremiah. God said to him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you and before you were born I consecrated you. I have appointed you to be a prophet to all the nations.” This young Jeremiah, maybe 16 years old, was having none of it. He started to make excuses. “Lord, I do not know how to speak. I am only a boy.” God, in turn, didn’t want to hear his excuses: “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you.” (Jeremiah 1:4-10)
This weekend, eight young people will be asked to say ‘Yes’ to something that their parents said ‘yes’ to many, many years ago. After having made public profession of their faith, they will be asked to say ‘Yes’ to the following charge, “Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism: to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and dee, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?” (ELW Hymnal, page 236)
In the same way that God came up to Jeremiah and called him into mission, God has called these eight young people in their baptisms to serve all people, proclaim Jesus in word and deed, and strive for peace and justice in all the world. Guess what! God has called each of us to that same mission. What does that look like for you?
Come and see. Come and worship. Saturday at 5:00. Sunday at 9:00 and 10:35.