Pastor: Chris

The Ministry of Confirmation

The Lutheran rite of confirmation is the Affirmation of Baptism.
The intention of confirmation is for the confirmand to "own" the baptismal promises made on their behalf by parents and sponsors. A confirmand takes over the responsibility of the faith journey that was set into motion at their baptism.
Confirmation promises are made by the confirmands on the day of their public profession to:
Live among God's faithful people.
Hear his Word and share in his supper.
Proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed.
Serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus.
Strive for justice and peace in all the world.
The confirmand stands before God and witness to proclaim they will strive to fulfill these promises.
During the rite of confirmation, the same blessing may be given that was said at the time of baptism, to: "strengthen them with the Holy Spirit, and daily increase in them God's gifts of grace: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in Your presence."
This blessing means that we ask God to work daily in the lives of the confirmand that they may increase in their discipleship. To be in the process of confirmation means that one is actively involved in their own journey of faith.
Confirmation provides Christian education, in a different format than is usually offered in the church.
Confirmation students need support from their parents. Parents can make a big difference in the life of their child by offering support in terms of taking an active role in the confirmation process. Less "making kids go," and more "lets discuss the faith." Getting kids to come is not the issue, but rather living our faith journeys together is what is important!
When should I begin the program? When you are personally committed to deepening your faith journey. Seventh grade is the most often time for youth.
Who teaches the classes? Pastor Chris, with approprite support.
Being confirmed does not graduate you from the church. If a confirmands goal is to complete the classes in order to "get it over," or simply to "get confirmed because you're suppose to", then one may need to rethink the process. If you want to actively live out your faith in the years ahead, then being confirmed is a good choice.
Remember, it is your decision as to how you want to live out your faith. Our church and God will love you just the same, even if you choose not to be confirmed!
Love Jesus, Have Fun, You can't learn the faith-you have to experience it!


  July 2021  
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