It seems a lot like graduation. We have a ceremony; they wear robes; we hand out certificates; we celebrate with food; we give gifts. We do many things at this time that we also do at graduation, but we call this special event confirmation.
The eleven students that will be confirmed this year are certainly to be commended. They have completed a course of instruction in the basics of our Christian faith. They now have a foundation on which to grow in their faith and knowledge of God’s precious Gospel.
They are prepared to join us at the Lord’s Table. They know that the Lord’s Supper is a visible display and reminder of the unity we have as a group of Christians who believe and teach the truth of Scripture. Even greater is the unity they will have with their Savior in the Lord’s Supper. As they join us in this sacrament they too will receive the Lord’s body and blood along with the bread and the wine. They too will receive the forgiveness of sins in the Lord’s Supper that Christ won for them on the cross.
Perhaps one reason we don’t call this graduation is because it is not the end of our education as Christians. This is part of an ongoing growth in our faith and knowledge of God’s Word that began at our baptism and will continue until we die.
Please take time to congratulate our confirmands this year. They have worked hard to increase their knowledge of God’s Word and God has blessed them through it – not only for this life but for eternity. This is a good time for all of us to remember that time spent in God’s Word has eternal consequences. It is also a good time to look at their example and take time to learn more about the faith we confess. Attending Bible Class is a good way to continue life-long learning. You are always welcome to join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. and/or Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or 8 p.m.