This afternoon at 5 p.m. some 30 folks gathered at St. Paul's for our first Catechism Service. It was a pleasant blend of adults and youngsters and the interaction was lively. We sang, read Scripture, recited the Catechism, had quite a conversation on the Scripture and Catechism, and prayed together. We learned that the faith that trust in self damns and the faith that trusts in God is what saves - AND that such faith comes to us only from hearing the Word of God.
I confess to being a tad apprehensive going into the experience (despite all the good stuff I'd heard from others who had integrated generations for teaching the Catechism), but I think it worked super well. We even did a decent job on all the new music for the service - I figured it would take us several weeks to get real participation on that, but it happened right off the bat. If all the Services go as smoothly as tonight, it's going to be a great and fun year!