In many Lutheran churches the Confirmation worship service is known as the Affirmation of Baptism. The name recalls the promises that were made by the parents and godparents at the time of a child’s baptism. They vowed that the Christian faith would be a child’s one day, and that they would speak on behalf of the child until that day comes. The Rite of Affirmation is that coming of age for the young adult. It is also a day for a renewal of the faith through the laying on of hands and the giving of the Holy Spirit. On Reformation Sunday we will celebrate confirmation with Alexis Jacoby.
The worship service will be highlighted by J. S. Bach’s Reformation cantata, “The Lord Our God is Sun and Shield.” The work was first performed on Reformation Day in Leipzig in 1725.