Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:10-20
I am delighted this morning and I have anticipated on this day because Kate and Veronica just made their decisions FOR and their commitment TO Christ today. By baptism (years ago) and confirmation (today), they just became full members of our Church.
To become a full member, our confirmands had to attend 2-year long confirmation class and there are other requirements. One of them was writing a personal Faith Affirmation with the help of parents and mentors. Yes, it has been a long journey…, certainly joyful, but sometimes, challenging and even overwhelming as well. So, I want to say thank you to all my companions on our confirmation journey together. Kate and Veronica, thank you for your patience. Thank you for your uplifting energy that you brought each time we met. I am also very thankful for the support from the families and especially from the mentors. They are Beth Seeman and Marla Chandler.
I want to share this moment with my companions. Each of them will share their experience or any reflection on this journey. I have no idea what they are going to share. Let us listen to them and I am going to say a few more words after them. Can we begin with confirmands and mentors and parents?
Thank you for your sharing…..
Since it’s Confirmation Sunday, I was prepared to talk about the meaning of the Confirmation, today. But, last night, I changed my mind, because I have talked about it in my classes and both Kate and Veronica don’t need to hear it again. Instead, let us just listen to Paul, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, … take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Amen?
Now, I would like to say a word (very briefly) to the parents who are here today, to all of you who have children and to all the members of our church.
I say, take care of your children and raise them and nurture them in the Christian faith. Take good care of their religious education. We are so pleased to see your children in church with you. It is more important to guide your child to Christ than to give them the most up-to-dated phone, or good education, or even status. The most important thing you could ever give to your child is the possibility of them knowing Jesus Christ. If your child knows Jesus Christ, it is the most powerful influence they can ever have. To all of you who are Christian parents, I say, thank you for rearing your child in the Christian faith.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is known as Shema, one of the most important passages in the Old Testament. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons [and daughters] and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
This is the word God wants us to listen on this Confirmation Sunday. Amen.
Now, let us affirm our faith together, using the Confirmation Class 2018 Affirmation.