Confirmation as a witness to the promise of our baptism

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamburg, Michigan, will witness the confirmation of 8 youth and receive into membership 5 adults and three baptized children. It is wonderful to be a pastor at a time when the Holy Spirit is at work calling, gathering, and enlightening people through the promise of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Rite of Confirmation has an interesting history in the Lutheran Church. It is not a sacrament. It is a time to remember the promises of our baptism and to confess that these promises are the foundation of our lives.

Presently at our congregation confirmation is also entrance into communicant membership. For these eight youth this Sunday will be their first time participating in the body and blood of Christ in the Lord’s Supper. I so enjoy being able to distribute the body and blood of Christ. Christ has promised to be present for us in this meal. We may all come from our divided and broken lives to this meal and in this holy meal we find communion with our Savior and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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