Faith Formation is a two-year program for middle school students to explore what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ and what it means to be a Christian in the Lutheran tradition. This is what you may know as "Confirmation Class." At the culmination of the two-years of growth and study, our youth may choose to make their "Affirmation of Baptism" in the Spring, shortly after Easter.
It is important to note that this Affirmation of Baptism (or "Confirmation," if you prefer) is a rite that our youth choose to participate in. It is not a "graduation" of sorts, not a reward for attending a set number of classes and completing a prescribed number of sermon notes. Yes, those things are important and helpful for your child's faith formation, but equally important is that these children make a personal decision to Affirm their Baptism and to continue to learn and grow in their Lutheran Christian faith.
Thank you to the youth for sharing the story of Christmas with us!
(Suggestions for our Faith Formation students)
9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time,
if we do not give up.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other,
as indeed you are doing.
29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and the Lord’s righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1 The Lord is good,
a stronghold in a day of trouble;
God protects those who take refuge in the Lord
10b Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
2 My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; 4 and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
6 Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; God will not fail you or forsake you.”
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
and God will sustain you;
the Lord will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
10 Do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
13 Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted the people,
and will have compassion on the suffering ones.
1 Corinthians 10:13
13 No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful and will not let you be tested beyond your strength; but with the testing the Lord
will also provide the way out, so that you may be able to endure it.
17 The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
the Lord will rejoice over you with gladness,
and will renew you in love;
the Lord will exult over you with loud singing
18a as on a day of festival.
28 [Jesus said,] “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.
29 God gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
9 Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
1 Peter 2:9
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you
out of darkness into his marvelous light.
2 Chronicles 16:9a
9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth,
to strengthen those whose heart is true to God.
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
1 Corinthians 16:13
13 Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
1 John 2:14
I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.
I write to you, parents,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young people,
because you are strong
and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long
in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
4 Take action, for it is your duty, and we are with you; be strong, and do it.”
8 Hear, my child, your father’s instruction,
and do not reject your mother’s teaching;
9 for they are a fair garland for your head,
and pendants for your neck.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
6 In all your ways acknowledge the Lord,
and God will make straight your paths.
Bible Verses for Girls (and boys, too!) to inspire confidence
12 In Christ Jesus our Lord we have access to God in boldness,
and confidence through faith in him.
17 The effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you
will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord.
2 Timothy 1:7
7 for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power
and of love and of self-discipline.
16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
2 Timothy 1:8a, 9-10
8a Do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord… 9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when the morning dawns.
1b Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,
3 for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11
9 The Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.