Today we joyously celebrate the Affirmation of Baptism of LC#2 and 10 others. The youth lead both of the services in all aspects except for presiding. She will be playing her trombone for A Mighty Fortress as the gospel acclamation, and leading the congregation in the confession and forgiveness. Afterwards a party at our house with all of the family and the church staff and pastors. And a moment of bittersweet-ness: fourteen years ago on All Saint's Sunday was her baptism. An acknowledgement we are another step closer to adulthood. And yet how exhilirating to see where our Chicks are headed, and what a blessing they are. Oh, and by the way, in the thrill of all of this is the news that I am "enthsiastically recommended" for endorsement in my candidacy process- plenty to celebrate and for which to make a joyful noise unto the Lord- Enjoy this rendition of the "Fortress" by GLAD.