The Confirmation Address: 1 Thessalonians 5: 19, 23-24
19 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. [84 NIV]
FEED THE FIRE !
Listen to the sermon:
May 11, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)
Song by Children and Choir – “The First Song Of Isaiah”
(Based On Isaiah 12: 2-6) by J. White
(Directors: Heather Schierenbeck and Cathy Augustin; Acc: Ryan Augustin)
(Refrain) Surely it is God Who saves me; I will trust in Him and not be afraid For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and He has become my Savior (Repeat)
1.Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation. And on that day you shall say, “Give thanks to the Lord, and call upon His Name.” (Refrain)
2. Make his deeds know among the peoples; See that they remember that His Name is exalted. Sing the praises of the Lord, for He has done great things, and this is known in all the world. (Refrain)
3. Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, Ring out your joy, for the great One in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel. (Refrain)
Opening Hymn TLH 334 : Let Me be Yours Forever
♫ 1. Let me be Thine forever, Thou faithful God and Lord;
Let me forsake Thee never Nor wander from Thy Word.
Lord, do not let me waver, But give me steadfastness,
And for such grace forever Thy holy name I’ll bless.
2. Lord Jesus, my Salvation, My Light, my Life divine,
My only Consolation, Oh, make me wholly Thine!
For Thou hast dearly bought me With blood and bitter pain.
Let me, since Thou hast sought me, Eternal life obtain.
3. And Thou, O Holy Spirit, My Comforter and Guide,
Grant that in Jesus’ merit I always may confide,
Him to the end confessing Whom I have known by faith.
Give me Thy constant blessing And grant a Christian death.
The Opening Invocation
A Responsive Prayer
P: Let us lay our sins on Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God and daily repent of both the evil that we have done and the good we have failed to do –
C: “If we confess our sins, God (for Christ’s sake) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
P: God would personally assure each of His children of their sin-pardon in Christ Jesus, Who gave His life as a ransom for many –
C: “Be of good cheer; Your sins are forgiven you.” (Matthew 14:27)
P: Let us join together today in promising with the Lord’s help and strength –
C: To make diligent use of God’s Word in church and in our daily lives. For “He who is of God hears God’s Word.” (John 8:47)
P: To attend the Lord’s Supper often for the strengthening of our faith in the forgiveness of our sins –
C: Jesus said: “This is My body and blood given and shed for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22)
P: To witness for Christ in all we do or say, because He has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light –
C: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify Your Father Which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)
P: To promote and give thanks for the fellowship of like-minded believers and to work with them in the holy task of spreading the Gospel –
C: “Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together…. but encourage one another…… Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Hebrews 10:25 & Mark 16:15)
P: To pray regularly for ourselves, our fellow Christians, and for all people –
C: “I urge that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.” (1 Timothy 2:1)
P: To live each day as though Jesus died yesterday, rose today and is coming back tomorrow –
C: “For if we live, we live to the Lord; And if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:7-8)
P: To look forward in faith to our Lord’s return, when He shall take us and all believers to Himself in heaven –
C: “There is in store for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that day – and not only to me, but to all who have longed for His appearing.”(2 Timothy 4:8)
♫ God His own doth tend and nourish; In His holy courts they flourish. From all evil things He spares them; In His mighty arms He bears them.
Neither life nor death shall ever From the Lord His children sever; His the loving purpose solely To preserve them pure and holy.
Scripture Reading – 1 Timothy 6:11-16
The Apostle’s earlier faith-encouragement to young Timothy provides life-wisdom for our confirmands and for all of us: Flee sin, evil and false teaching; Pursue godliness, faith and Christian virtues; Make your good “word confession” a “life confession” as you follow Christ into glory. To Him alone be all glory!
The Apostles Creed (Page 12 in Hymnal)
I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Confirmation Address …….……… 1 Thessalonians 5: 19, 23-24
19Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.[84 NIV]
FEED THE FIRE !
“Create In Me” (Page 12 in Hymnal)
♫ Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.
♫ 1. Thine forever, God of Love! Hear us from Thy throne above;
Thine forever may we be Here and in eternity!
2. Thine forever! Oh, how blest They who find in Thee their rest!
Savior, Guardian, heavenly Friend, Oh, defend us to the end!
3. Thine forever, Lord of Life! Shield us through our earthly strife.
Thou, the Life, the Truth, the Way, Guide us to the realms of day.
4. Thine forever! Shepherd, keep These Thy frail and trembling sheep
Safe alone beneath Thy care, Let us all Thy goodness share.
5. Thine forever! Thou our Guide, All our wants by Thee supplied,
All our sins by Thee forgiven; Lead us, Lord, from earth to heaven.
The Rite Of Confirmation
Matthew Charles Frater Matthew 21:22
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Jack Carl Meinhardt Gullerud Isaiah 40:31
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Austin Lee Karow Matthew 28:20
“And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Emma Cecelia Olmanson Psalm 46:1
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Kiera Lee Olmanson John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Lauren Olivia Jane Sotnyk Psalm 50:15
“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
Song by Quartet: “Jesus, You Are Mine Forever” – (by S. Mueller) (Sarah Olmanson, Audra Wiste, Steve Kuehne, Matt Thurow)
Jesus, You are mine forever, Dearer far than earth to me;
Those sweet ties that bind me to You Ever shall unbroken be.
All were drear to me and lonely If Your presence gladdened not;
While I sing to You, You only, Mine’s an ever blissful lot.
You alone are all my Treasure, Who has died that I may live,
You confer the noblest pleasure, You who all my sins forgive.
Brightest gems and fairest flowers Lose their beauty in Thy frown;
Joy and peace, like balmy showers, In Your smile come gently down.
Jesus, You are mine forever; Never let me go astray.
Let me in my weakness never Cast my priceless pearl away.
Lamb of God, I do implore You, Guard, support me, lest I fall.
Let me evermore adore You; Be my everlasting All.
Our Gifts Of Faith And Love For The Lord’s Work
The Lord’s Prayer & Benediction
Closing Hymn: “May God The Father Of Our Lord” (Melody: Doxology)
♫ 1. May God the Father of our Lord, Who called you by His holy Word, Perfect, establish, settle you, Keep you through faith forever true.
2. In Jesus Christ may you be blessed And brought to His eternal rest.
The work He has in you begun, He will perform till all is done.
3. The Holy Spirit give you pow’r, The strength of prayer in ev’ry hour.
The wisdom, knowledge of His Word To guide and bless and keep us pure.
4. May God the Father, God the Son, And God the Spirit, Three in One, Preserve you blameless in His grace Until you stand before His face.
Silent Prayer and Announcements