Confirmation -- another opportunity!

This Sunday we will have two opportunities. The first opportunity is to be a part of the Confirmation of five of our First Congregational family. The second opportunity is to think back on our own Confirmation. As we think about our own Confirmation, we have the chance to evaluate what we learned, or what we didn’t learn. While evaluating, we can ask some questions of ourselves. How has our faith developed or changed? What has become clearer or more confusing in our own theology?

During Confirmation this Sunday, the students will be asked four questions. 

*Do you desire to affirm your baptism into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?

*Do you seek to grow in faith and understanding of what it means to be:

a child of God, a disciple of Christ, and a member of the church?

*Do you promise, by the grace of God to show love and justice, and to witness

to the work and word of Jesus Christ as best you are able?

*And do you promise to share regularly in worship and further Christ’s mission

by participating in the life and ministries of this local church as it serves

this community and the world?

Some of these questions have been asked in the past during their baptism, but were answered by parents and/or sponsors on behalf of those being confirmed on Sunday. Our new members answer these questions, affirming their baptism. However if there is nothing on the line, because we have already gotten our certificate of Confirmation, how would we answer these questions? Now go back up to those questions, and read them again. And if we answer in the affirmative to these questions, how do we live out the answer? What are your answers? Can you answer with clarity, or are there disclaimers or qualifiers?

It’s always a joy to receive new members into the church through Confirmation. But I encourage all of us to take this opportunity to ask ourselves how we are living out our faith. Faith is not easy. It is actually quite complicated and life experiences can cause us to change our understanding of faith. It’s work that is never quite done. And it IS work!

I hope we don’t miss the opportunity that this Sunday’s rite of Confirmation offers to those of us who will be sitting in the pews!

~ Eldonna Hazen

 

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 9:02 am in Featured Content.

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