Today we had a combined 10 am service at our church, although Robbie and I usually go to the 8:30am service because we are both early risers I loved being able to worship as a huge church. It was a splendid service, we celebrated confirmation and a baptism! Our church performs infant baptisms, something I was staunchly against growing up but have since made a strong turn around regarding.
We Only Baptize Babies, an article from 1517 Legacy Contributor Joel Hess helped solidify my belief in this recently.
Since I have only just become a member of a Lutheran church I had never witnessed an infant Baptism and yall, it was beautiful. What an incredible way to be reminded of my baptism, that while I was yet a sinner Christ died for me. I did nothing to earn my salvation, I am only receiving a gift I do nothing to deserve.
Then, as if that were not enough we also got to witness the confirmation of six eighth graders, that too was a glorious reminder of my belonging to Christ.
I love our church and Sundays like this I find myself taking an extra moment to thank God for this local community of believers.
|Pastor Marty and the six confirmants|
|Each year since 1989 the confirmation classes have created banners, this one from 2000 was my favorite!|
After church I came home and bottled my cider! After sitting in the primary fermenter for two weeks it was time to add a little honey to the cider, bottle it, and let the last bit of yeast do it’s magic! In two weeks I will let you know how it taste, fingers crossed!
|Step one: Sanitize!|
|Getting the auto-siphon cane ready to go!|
|Ready to fill up my bottles!|
|Since I used raw unfiltered apple juice it will remain cloudy, in the future I plan to buy filtered to give it the classic cider look|
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