CREW, How is This Confirmation?

Welcome to CREW 2015-16!! This year is going to be a journey of growth and discovery from the waters of baptism and enfolded into weekly worship and praise! In all of our activities, class time, and relationships (in fact relationships is our middle name [Creating Relationships Every Wednesday]), CREW will be an important way we can grow more deeply into our baptismal promises.

CREW is much more than what happens in this large group classroom. It will be a vibrant connection between your homes and the congregation. We’ll share what we’re learning each week with you at home through challenges, projects, and questions. All of this is so that faith can begin to speak into the very heart of our daily lives.

  

What is Confirmation?

Outside of the church walls, “confirmation” is a run of the mill word associated with the ideal of verification – we choose to receive confirmation when a package has arrived, a reservation is made, or an order has shipped. Inside church, however, the word “confirmation” is used quite differently and often means slightly different things.

Most often, “confirmation” is used to describe the entire two year educational process which prepares students for the Affirmation of Baptism service and the life of discipleship that follows. During that time a student is said to be in or going to confirmation. The Latin word, confirmare, from which “confirmation” comes literally means “to strengthen”. When we pair that with the word faith we produce an appropriate definition of “confirmation”. Used in this way – confirmation is a time to strengthen faith.

“Confirmation” is also used to describe a special worship service that concludes this time of faith-strengthening. Therefore, a student looks forward to being confirmed at his or her confirmation service. In the ELW this service is called Affirmation of Baptism, a rite of passage which reminds us and the congregation of the covenant made at our baptism – both God’s promise to us and our call to live out those promises.

Martin Luther reminds us that the Christian life is one of daily dying and rising with Christ in the waters of baptism. In this sense, “confirmation” is something that never stops happening. It all begins with the sacrament of baptism where we’re washed with water, marked with the cross of Christ, and filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in a public celebration. It’s “confirmed” in the Affirmation of Baptism service, in which we say, “YES!” to our baptism. And it continues in the daily renewal of our commitment to the baptismal life.

In other words, confirmation is not an end, but a beginning. Everything we do in CREW will help to deepen our faith by pointing towards the only question that matters in the right of Affirmation of baptism. At the end of your two years in CREW you will have the opportunity to stand before the congregation and take on the baptismal promises your parents made for yourself.

During the Affirmation of Baptism liturgy, candidates will be asked to “profess faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church.” Then – and perhaps more importantly – you will be asked:

“Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:

  • To live among God’s faithful people,
  • To hear the word of God and share the Lord’s Supper,
  • To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
  • To serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
  • And to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?

CREW is here to help you understand the vivid picture that this questions paints, and to equip you to say yes to this call in a way that will continue to change your life and help you to begin a life where you Grow in Faith, Share Jesus Christ, and Serve Others.

  •         To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
  •         To serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
  •         And to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?

CREW is here to help you understand the vivid picture that this questions paints, and to equip you to say yes to this call in a way that will continue to change your life and help you to begin a life where you Grow in Faith, Share Jesus Christ, and Serve Others.

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