On Pentecost, May 20, five Augustana teenagers will affirm their baptismal vows for themselves and become confirmed members of the church. In these weeks leading to Pentecost, we’ve been celebrating a small season of baptism, to get people reflecting on their own experience with the sacrament. This reflection is from Pastor Goede.
This is a picture of me with the pastor who baptized me, Rev. John Kindschuh. This was taken when we served together at a celebration of Messiah Lutheran Church’s 150th anniversary in 2009. Messiah is in my hometown, Burlington, Iowa. When I was confirmed in ninth grade, I couldn’t have imagined being excited about such an event. I thought confirmation, church, all of it was very boring. I got involved with Lutheran Campus Ministry my second year of college, and that was when I really claimed my baptism for myself. My roots at Messiah are very deep – my dad’s family first joined there in 1868. For me, moving away from a place where I had so many ties was the key to spiritual growth. But many people with whom I grew up cannot imagine ever leaving, and they are thriving at Messiah. What have been the key turning points for you in your spiritual growth?