Lavo Life

This weekend has been quite full.

Friday evening Finnsnes Church hosted the Kvinnenes Internasjonale Bønnedag (Women’s International Day of Prayer). It was a good service with many thought provoking stories, music from different countries, and with participation from 5 or 6 countries. The messages were a bit mixed at whether this was a women-only event, so I was 50% of the male representation (I was there to do the sound).

Saturday we had an extra baptism service. Normally baptisms are in the context of regular Sunday worship, symbolic of becoming part of the church (don’t get me started on baptism generally . . .), but for a variety of reasons this service was added to accommodate some young people who needed to be baptised before they are confirmed (which also brings up the rather ‘unusual’ situation in Norway where a young person answers for them self at baptism, but then says nothing to ‘confirm’ their baptism at confirmation: weird). Anyway, it was a joyous occasion, and the young man looked especially smart after his ‘hair wash’.  It seems to be a feature here that baptisms are a bow-tie affair.

Today was a family service in Finnsnes church followed by 3F (Finnsnes Church’s family ‘outdoor’ group in the park). We had an interesting mix of baptism families in Bunad (traditional Norwegian clothing), and young families in their outdoor gear. I joined the 3F! event, trying to avoid being the ‘creepy single older guy’ (I did try to borrow a child, but none were available!).  There was fun on the ice and we did try a bit of sledging, but their wasn’t quite enough snow to properly cover the sheet ice on the hillside (I managed to hit a large ice bump hidden under the snow, which has exactly the same spine-jarring effect as hitting a rock – I hope to be able to sit properly tomorrow as I have to do some driving). We put up a lavo (traditional round tent) on the ice, had a short service in it, joined by some ‘extras’ from the play ground, followed by the obligatory sausages and coffee. A sunny but cold afternoon.

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2 responses to “Lavo Life

  1. The baptism of confirmation candidates is also a theological paradox. Those who by virtue of their earlier baptism are per definition members of Christ’s Body, the Church, are denied the opportunity to confirm their allegiance to Christ by verbally confirming themselves their baptismal promises; those youth who are not members of the Church through baptism are given this opportunity, insomuch as they must be baptised before the so-called confirmation – which actually is not a confirmation at all because there is no confirmation in it.

    Indeed the Norwegian Church’s official position is that the “confirmation” as such is not done by the confirmation candidate, but by God. Here the ceremony has been turned on its head with respect to its history: the official view is that God is the subject (confirming His love and grace) for the candidate (who is the object of the verb), NOT the other way round as before. This is stated on the Norwegian Church’s official website – as too its remarkable position that no faith or belief is required of the candidate in order to be confirmed.

    I myself belong to a tiny minority who would prefer a different Rite, one wherein the candidate is the subject again, confirming his or her allegiance to Christ and confirming the vows made at Baptism. However, I do not see this realistically happening.

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