In addition to a regular Sunday service (with the usual prayers, hymns and a sermon), there were three special items for the confirmands (the word used by the church to refer to the teenagers being confirmed). One was a video of a “rap” they performed about the Ten Commandments. My son was in it and we pointed him out since he was wearing a beard, sunglasses and a big robe. In it, he rapped that you should “Respect your mama and your papa and um, don’t kill people.” It was funny and strange, and it elicited some chuckles from the congregation. Apparently, he was assigned numbers 6 and 7 and that was how he got those two together to “rap.”
Next they did a segment called “Are you smarter than a confirmand?” It went on for a while and we all had trouble even answering some of the simpler questions. The pastor shared that all the kids knew these answers and in their game show version, our son was the big winner. (Whoo-Hoo)
At the end of the service, the pastor calls up the parents and the confirmands and does a blessing over each announcing their passage and welcoming them as members of the church. My husband and I left the pew and went to the pulpit to participate in this portion of the service.
When the service was over, we took some pictures, including some with my parents, and then my sister drove them back home.
Today my sister tells me that, upon her arrival home several days later, she received a letter from our parents that they wrote on that very same Sunday evening, sharing with her that they went to an event that morning where our son was “honored for doing work at his school.”
They’d already forgotten where it was, what it was for, or that my sister was even there. Recorded.