This will be historic Sunday here at Liberty – we will confirm 32 students in faith and membership. That is the largest class of Confirmands ever at Liberty! For those baptized as infants, the parents and congregation made vows to lovingly raise that child in the faith. But at a certain age (in our church, it is 8th grade), our youth are given the opportunity in confirmation to claim that faith as their own.
Over the past year, our students have had the opportunity to explore their faith, learn about the Christian and Presbyterian traditions, and to grow in fellowship with one another. They have had wonderful teachers and mentors (thank you to Tanya & R.H. Karn, Phil Haase and Marty Johnson and to all our mentors!), retreats, and mission projects. It all has culminated in their faith expression projects, which ranged from composing a song based on a psalm to a comparison of faith to baseball (Pastor John is extremely excited about this one!) Those projects will be on display this Sunday at Fellowship following worship.
There are so many things I want to say to our confirmands about the journey ahead. I suppose what I want to say to not only our confirmands, but all of us as we walk forward in faith is: Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, keep watching for signs of his care everywhere, and keep trusting and rejoicing in the God who loves you and journeys with you.