The Rite of Confirmation during COVID-19
The Confirmation Class of 2020 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Memphis, looked a little different from the classes of years past; the CTK masks that the confirmands wore marked the time as unusual, but the robes they wore assured us of the continuing loving grace of God which covers all.
The last few months of in-class study were truncated, but Pastor Goble used various methods — including his youtube videos made just for the class, outlines and quizzes through email, and class Zooming — to reach the group. Final essays from the class describing what Confirmation meant to them were in turn pithy and humorous, and the faith they shared and the hope for the future of our church that they inspired were contagious.
Here are a few excerpts from their essays:
Coleman Byrum – “In Confirmation class, I have learned what the Lutheran faith is all about…why we do what we do…what the Sacraments are and how important and meaningful they are…I’ve learned the proper way to say a prayer; now they feel more meaningful.”
Rodkaevious Ellis — “In class, I learned it is not just about following God. You also have a job given to you by Jesus our Lord. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price…I learned this in class with Pastor Mark.”
Kaitlyn Kerchoff — “To me, the importance of Confirmation is the understanding of Christ. Before taking this class, I didn’t know much about being a Christian; now I understand the importance of Holy Communion and how it originated.”
Graham Gilchrist — “The most interesting thing I learned in Confirmation Class was about the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion…and how they came to be…Pastor Mark has influenced me in this journey because he has made it so much fun to learn about my faith and brings so much knowledge to the table.”
Donovan Smith — “Confirmation Class has gotten me to see some things I have heard over and over in a new perspective….I know that soon I will have to make the choice to shine my light in the world or put it out and stay where I am…I believe that I am able to say that I will shine my light throughout the world. With my light in hand, I will follow Jesus.”
Ethan Thompson — “The Ten Commandments taught me the Christian laws that I should be following in every decision. The Apostles’ Creed laid out my beliefs in a prayer. These things helped me in my Christian and Confirmation journey.”
Rylee Tittle — “My parents have always seemed to care about making sure I understand that there is only one God and that He sent His Son to save us from our sins….I know the Lord will be true, always and forever, and I know I’ve been given eternal life.”
Andrew White — “Life as a Christian isn’t always easy…I’ve learned it is important to go to God in prayer and tell Him about all the struggles and doubts…He is still here, He hasn’t left me and He never will….In Confirmation I learned that w hen we go up to take Communion, Jesus needs to be our number one focus.”
Well done, Confirmation Class of 2020! May God continue to bless and keep you.