Sunday, May 06, 2012

Confirmation 2012

 Back row, left-to-right: Colten Jepsen, Dakota Whited, Nolan Neddermeyer, Nathan Underwood,  and Tristen Kunze. Front row: Ashley Ewoldt (St.Paul, Ute), Emilee Meadows, Quinton Canto, and Aisi and Abi Wight.
"What is confirmation?  Confirmation is the rite by which a baptized person renews his baptismal vow, publicly confesses his faith, and is received into communicant membership by the congregation." (from 1943 Catechism) 
"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.  Note: 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.  Matt. 10:32-33 & Rev. 2:10." ( from 1991/2005 Catechism)

God's blessings on this weekend's confirmands and their families. Remember, this is not "graduation" from Sunday School. May this be only the beginning of a lifelong, committed and always growing relationship with Jesus and lifelong, commitment to active participation in the body of Christ, His church!

May God bless you and keep you as you continue to grow in" faith toward Him and fervent love toward one another,"  in Jesus name, Amen.

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