Confirmation Is A Beginning

Transient

Last Sunday was Confirmation Sunday. Wow, was it uplifting to see six of our fourteen year olds confirm the faith of their baptisms and each share the witness of what their faith means to them. They have grown so much over the last two years as they have learned the teaching of the Bible as expressed by our church. They affirmed their commitment to follow Jesus even to the point of death and their willingness to continue growing in their faith by being connected to the work of the Holy Spirit through the means of grace in worship (God's Word, the Sacrament, the Fellowship of Believers, Prayer and Confession/Forgiveness). Many of the words from the Confirmation students brought tears to my eyes. They reminded me of when I was Confirmed all those many years ago! I remember being able to finally begin getting involved in the life of the Church and seeing how God was now using my gifts and talents to build up the body of Christ. God uses us all to accomplish His divine work! We often think about the more mature members of our congregation as being examples of the faith, which they are, but the younger members of our congregation can be just as inspiring. The youth of our congregation have so much passion to give to God! Thank you class of 2014 for the inspiration of your faith and reminding all of us of our Confirmation and commitment to following Christ every day. My prayer is that Confirmation Sunday would be the beginning of your life IN the church.

"Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, BAPTIZING them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and TEACHING them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'' -Matthew 28:19-20