Confirmation for Everyone

Confirmation for Everyone
Confirmation for Everyone

Why do we do confirmation? This is a good question with a long answer. Importantly, it’s not a requirement and it’s not a sacrament. It’s how we build on the foundation of our baptismal promise. It’s a space for questions, doubt, and learning.

 

It’s a place to learn about who we are, but also a place to teach others— yes, even old people who have gone to church forever. You are just as much a part of the church as anyone else here, confirmation doesn’t bump you up a level. There are no levels to conquer in the Christian life— but there are ancient spiritual resources and practices that can help sustain you throughout the journey.

 

At baptism, parents make this promise: “… to live with them among God’s faithful people, bring them to the word of God and the holy supper, teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments, place in their hands the Holy Scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer, so that your children may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.”

 

During confirmation or affirmation of baptism, confirmands are asked to make this promise for themselves: “…to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to

strive for justice and peace in all the earth.”