Dear Confirmation Class of 2011,
Today you were confirmed in our church. There was a beautiful, heartfelt service this morning filled with love and support from friends, family, and pastors. I hope you felt that love. I prayed for each of you as you stood up in the front of the congregation and answered those questions about your own faith and beliefs — and how deep and intriguing those questions are. So easy to speak the answers … and yet, so challenging to live them.
Do you profess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
Do you renounce evil and affirm your reliance on God’s grace?
Will you participate actively and responsibly in the worship and mission of the church?
I’ve heard about the faith statements that you have written, and how impressed everyone who has read them has been with your wisdom and sense of responsibility. I hope you remember the day you wrote these statements of faith. Frame them. Hang them where you will see them on a daily basis. Those statements are reminders of your theology and relationship with God. Strive to live those words. The words are so much more than letters on a page — they are announcing you as a follower of God in this world.
There were so many people this morning who love and support you. Know this. Feel this. Live this. Ask your questions. Challenge the answers. Wrestle with your faith. Know that there are so many praying for you and with you — you are held up by God’s mighty hand.
One day you will look back on this day and remember the feeling of the laying on of hands during prayer. The congregation welcoming you as one of their own. I hope you remember this past year as a transformational time when your faith became a priority in your life. I hope you remember this often.
Young friends — I welcome you into this life of faith. It’s scary, wonderful and transforming … never anything short of amazing. With God, you’ll experience life — and we, your congregation, is here to watch and support you every step of your journey.