Confirmation at the Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver, B.C.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Amen

Confirmation is a learning experience. You will be reminded that you are baptised, you will learn about the faith you are baptised into, and on Confirmation Sunday God confirms the promises made to you when you were baptised: that God is your heavenly father: you can pray Our Father, who art in Heaven…; that Jesus Christ is your saviour: when Christ died on the cross and was resurrected, He took away also your sins; that the Holy Spirit will guide you through your life; and that after this life you will live eternally with God.

If you are at least 13 years old and would like to be confirmed, please contact the . We usually have an orientation meeting sometime in September; contacting the pastor well before that ensures that you’ll be invited. To be confirmed you must be a baptised Christian. If you have a Baptismal Certificate, please bring it to the orientation meeting. If you were never baptised, we can of course arrange a baptism.

We renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways.
We believe in God the Father, almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is sitting at the right hand of God the Father, almighty. From there He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Amen!

Confirmation classes

The confirmation class in the Library For about nine months before being confirmed, you will attend confirmation classes. These are our response to the Great Commission: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. You have been baptised, maybe when you were an infant; since then your parents and godparents have taught you about God: by example, by reading Bible stories for you, by taking you to church and Sunday school. Now you are ready for more formal teaching.

In confirmation class, the pastor will teach you and the other confirmands about your faith. You will (eventually) memorise the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed. You will learn about the many symbols and rituals we use and how they all fit together. You may go on field trips. You will talk about good and evil, and the responsibilities an adult must shoulder. You will learn about God’s love for you and all people, and we hope that you will see at least a glimpse of why coming to church on Sunday morning is worthwhile.

We expect you to attend church with a measure of regularity. Please bring your parents, or your friends; they, too, will benefit from being exposed to a faith community. We will ask you to contribute to the service now and then: maybe you will read the opening or closing prayer; maybe the confirmation class will write the prayer that the pastor reads after the sermon; and we usually impose on the confirmation class to hand out carnations on Mothers’ Day.

The confirmation service

Pastor Saltorp blessing a confirmand Confirmation Sunday is (usually) the Sunday before Victoria Day in May. You and the other confirmands will say the Creed together. The pastor will ask you if you believe in God, you’ll say I do, and the pastor will bless you. Then you will say the Bible verses you have chosen for yourself—or maybe the pastor has chosen for you. These few lines of Scripture become surprisingly meaningful for many of us after some years.

Afterwards

But it is not over. We want you back. We miss you. And we need your help in the Sunday School, in the Nursery, and for countless other tasks, big and small. A church is built with people; be involved.

Donation

We do not charge a fee for your confirmation. Donations are always welcome.