An Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration

Messiah Lutheran Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Grand Island, Neb. held confirmation together in a rare occurrence in which two bishops were present. Twelve Grand Island youth in a progressive service were confirmed by Bishop Brian Mass of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Bishop J. Scott Barker of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska during an Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration.

The Rev. Robert M. Lewis lights candles in preparation of an Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Ryan Osterman, one of 12 confirmands, slides his finger along a decorative cutout at the end of a pew while walking in a processional during an Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Twelve Grand Island youth pray at Messiah Lutheran Church during a progressive service to be confirmed by Bishop Brian Mass of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Bishop J. Scott Barker of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska during an Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration.

Ryan Osterman, one of 12 confirmands, leans forward while singing along with other confirmands during an Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Bishop Brian Maas of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gives a sermon during an Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration.

The congregation sings hymns during an Ecumenical Confirmation Celebration of 12 Grand Island youth at Messiah Lutheran Church Wednesday evening.

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