Confirmation at Grace
In the Small Catechism, Martin Luther described confirmation as the rite, by which a baptized person renews his or her baptismal vows, publicly confesses his/her faith, and is received into “adult” membership by the congregation. Confirmation is saying “yes” to our baptism. That’s why it is often called “Affirmation of Baptism.”
Baptism is our birth into God’s family. It is a gift of new life offered to us by God. In Baptism, parents and sponsors promise to nurture our faith by participation in worship, teaching the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments, by placing into our hands the Scriptures, and by providing instruction in the Christian faith. The church promises to help parents and sponsors in fulfilling this promise. Part of the fulfillment of the baptismal promise is the decision to be confirmed.
Confirmation is a time of preparation for baptized Christians to publicly profess that they do indeed believe those things promised for them in their baptism. It is a passing of the torch, if you will, from parental responsibility, to personal responsibility for one’s own Christian faith.
The Confirmation Ministry at Grace Lutheran Church begins in 7th grade and is a two-year curriculum. Confirmation Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday in May.