Sometimes called the catechumenate or Christian initiation, Life Together is based on an ancient Christian practice dating to the third and fourth century. In a cultural and religious context not unlike our own, adults who were not baptized or formed in the faith spent a period of time (up to three years) in preparation and discernment and were then baptized at the Easter Vigil.
Life Together is designed for those:
- who did not grow up Christian and/or have not been baptized;
- new to Lutheranism, liturgy, or a sacramental tradition;
- who have been estranged from the church but are now drawn to community and communal worship;
- sensing a stirring of the Spirit, yet filled with questions;
- who may have grown up Lutheran but didn’t think about it when they were confirmed, and would like to learn more about Christian faith and life in community;
- parents wanting to grow in their faith as part of the baptismal promises they make on behalf of their children.
Life Together is a process, made up of four stages or components. Following each stage you determine whether you would like to participate in the next component. Each stage ends with a ritual in communal worship. Sessions will be held between November 2014 and April 2015.
Life Together is a place to bring questions, doubts, and hopes. Rather than giving answers (like a catechism), together we will seek wisdom for our lives from scripture, sacraments, liturgy and other Christian practices.
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