There was music, sacrament, and celebration at St. Stephen Lutheran Church last week, to mark not only Reformation Sunday, but also to baptize a child and confirm five youth.
Confirmands met with pastor Joseph Graumann during a two-and-half year program of study of the Bible and the church, and addressed what it means to be a Christian. The five who celebrated their confirmation were: Alexander Bruno (of Hudson), Ross Gibson (Maynard), Emily Haley (Hudson) and Erin Kaye and Steven Kaye (Shrewsbury). The group also participated in church services as acolytes, readers and assistants, and took part in community outreach projects.
Confirmation is also referred to as “affirmation of baptism,” and the service included a baptism of Theodore Franklin Broz Walters, infant son of Alissa and John Walters of Marlborough.
“Even while the pandemic lingers, it is a joy to gather to celebrate life in our midst,” Pastor Graumann said. “We’re still here, and God is still here, gathering us and empowering us with His love.”
Special music was provided by the handbell choir, as well as musicians Linda Hanson (violin), Tammy Kaye (viola) and Ron Kaye (clarinet).
For more information about St. Stephen Lutheran Church, visit the church’s Facebook page or website, www.saintstephenlutheran.com. Saint Stephen is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.elca.org). The church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, inviting people of every gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, marital status, or class. Parishioners come from Marlborough, Hudson, Berlin, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Stow, and Bolton.
Worship is held each Sunday at 10 am, with those attending asked to wear masks.