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The Pastor’s Pen

Thank you to everyone who made Confirmation Day special! From the food to the music, everything was just perfect! It was truly an honor to confirm Ashlyn Brown, Natalie Creekmore, Darcy Garrett, and Maguire Miskelly. I have been impressed with their maturity and desire to learn, and I know that they will be great members of FUMC.

But wait, there’s more!

That’s right! Two of our confirmands were out of town last Sunday, and so Owen Everett and Matthew Harris will be confirmed at our 9:00 a.m. Embrace service this coming Sunday. It has been so much fun getting to know these two better over the last few months, and I am excited about being part of their faith journey.

Remember that what we do in confirmation is important. If a child has yet to be baptized, then they will indeed be baptized on this day in which they profess faith in Christ. If they have already been baptized as infants, then they will use this time to remember their baptism as they make their public professions of faith.

The word “confirmation” comes from the Latin word “confirmare” which means “to strengthen or make firm.” In a very real sense, these young people are strengthening and making firm the promises made at their baptism (promises made on their behalf by their parents and church family). While at baptism they were named as Christians, in confirmation they are claiming the name for themselves. They are stepping forward in front of their faith community and giving the great yes of faith.

Enjoy watching these young people profess their faith openly and begin their lives of discipleship. Use this as a time to reflect on the time you came to faith or the period of your life when the things of faith really started to click and make sense to you. In fact, let us all be encouraged by the excitement, joy, and energy of our young people, knowing that God desires the same from us as well.

See you Sunday!