Springfield First United Methodist Church hosted the 2010 Confirmation Day with the Bishop, March 6, 2010. Built on the theme 24/7 Service to God & Others, and focusing on the scripture passage “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had” (Philippians 2:5), the event attracted about 200 young people who are part of the confirmation journey in the United Methodist Church. The group of participants represented 23 local churches from throughout the Conference.
Bishop Wills shared personal stories about persons that represented the heart of Jesus in his own life
Everyone, young person or adult leader, was challenged by a question Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” – an incredibly important question that people seem to miss in the 21st century. Confirmation Day with the Bishop explored personal answers to that powerful question in thought-provoking, hands-on ways. During the morning everyone took a journey through Jesus’ life and explored his personal attitudes toward life and toward others.
The band from McKendree UMC in Nashville was a definite hit.
After an opening time together with worship, strong sharing by Bishop Wills, personal response to questions asked by the leadership team, and stirring music by a band from Nashville’s McKendree UMC, the groups moved to Exploration Stations where leaders guided focused discussion on specific attitudes displayed by Jesus throughout his life: Humility, Focused on Scripture, Compassion, and Love. The question throughout the Exploration of Jesus’ attitudes was basically, “How can we have the same attitudes that Christ Jesus had?” or stated another way, “How can we be the heart of Jesus in the world in which we live?”
The day closed with more great music, an inspirational message from Bishop Wills, and a service of Holy Communion with opportunity for personal prayer at the altar.
--adapted from the Tennessee Annual Conference website
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