Monthly Message From Pastor

May 2018

Confirmation Celebration for All

 

Dear people loved by Christ,

 The first Sunday in May is always a special one at Ascension as we celebrate the confirmation of our 8th grade catechumens. Confirmation 2018 has special meaning for my family and I since our son Noah is being confirmed! We give thanks to God that Noah has been able to grow in Christ at a congregation as loving as Ascension. The faithful teaching and encouragement of his Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders, and congregation at large, has been a tremendous blessing. 

 But Confirmation Sunday is truly a celebration not just for the confirmands and their families, but for the entire congregation. Together we support the youth of our congregation in this milestone in their faith life. Together we also reflect on our own confirmation vows as our youth make theirs.

 As we look forward to this celebration, it’s good for us to remember what confirmation is. The explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism defines confirmation in the following way:

 What is confirmation?

Confirmation is as public rite of the church preceded by a period of instruction in which baptized Christians learn about the confession, life, and mission of the Christian Church.  The Rite of Confirmation provides an opportunity for the individuals Christian, relying on God’s promise given in Holy Baptism, to make a personal public confession of the faith and a lifelong pledge of fidelity to Christ.

 On confirmation Sunday, our confirmands will make a “public confession of faith.” It’s my prayer that all people at Ascension would make a “public confession of faith,” in our words, actions, and love each day of our lives.

 

God be with you!

  

Pastor Clark