April 24, 2022 + 10:30 AM Service
Two young confirmands will stand before God's altar and reaffirm the faith the Holy Spirit worked in them in their baptism. We, too, will have the opportunity to do the same!
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In Luther's Small Catechism, question #306 asks:
What is confirmation?
Confirmation is a public rite of the church preceded by a period of instruction designed to help baptized Christians identify with the life and mission of the Christian community. Prior to admission to the Lord's Supper, it is necessary to be instructed in the Christian faith (1 Cor. 11:28). The rite of confirmation provides an opportunity for the individual Christian, relying on God's promises given in Holy Baptism, to make a personal public confession of the faith and a lifelong pledge of fidelity to Christ.
These young people have been diligently preparing for this rite of confirmation. They have faithfully attended weekly classes, grown in understanding of Scripture, and have shown maturation in faith. BUT, this is only the BEGINNING of their lifelong learning of Holy Scripture. Growing in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord never ends. Please welcome them, congratulate them, but most importantly, encourage them to remain faithful. Be steadfast in your prayers to also include these confirmands!
Remember Paul's encouragement to the people at Colosse, in Colossians 3:15-17:
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
And in Hebrews 10:234-25:
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
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