What’s the big deal with confirmation?

The Lutheran church has two sacraments; baptism and Holy Communion.  Confirmation is a time when we look back to baptism, when, in most cases, parents and sponsors made promises on behalf of an infant being baptized.  Confirmation is an affirmation of baptism.  It means that the 9th graders and adults who are being confirmed are affirming the promises of their baptism after a time of intentional learning about faith.  For youth it is 2-3 years; for adults 16 weeks.  That intentional work is worth celebrating!  It isn’t a ‘once and done’ kind of thing, though. In fact, as I grow in faith, I feel the need to do as Martin Luther suggested and remember and affirm the promises of my baptism daily! – Pastor Trudy Stoffel