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May 22, 2022
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CONFIRMATION WEEKEND
May 22, 2022

WELCOME

HYMN: “God’s Own Child I Gladly Say It” LSB # 594 vs. 1, 4-5

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
Pastor: Alleluia! Christ is risen!
People: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Pastor: Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
People: We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Pastor: For if we have been united with Him in a death like His,
People: we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.
Pastor: We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that
People: the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. Romans 6:3-6
Pastor: The Bible declares, “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness therefore you are feared.” And so we humbly confess our sins before God our Father.
People: O Lord, Against You, You only, Have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. I have been selfish with my time and have not used my gifts or abilities this week to serve Your Kingdom to the level I actually could. I have been slow to respond to your Call to be faithful or to be loving or to show compassion. I have at times acted as though I didn’t care or appeared indifferent. I confess that my lifestyle is so full of things to do I have given too little thought to things I should be doing. Help me to be more thoughtful, more compassionate, more serious about actually living for Jesus. Help me to live like I love my Savior and in a way that shows my Savior is real. Return spiritual zeal to my ears to hear Your Word; give me eyes to see Your truth, and wisdom to discern what is truly good.
Help me to never waste my gifts nor be slow to be grateful for them. Move me again to seek first Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor: The Lord is forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to Him (Psalm 86:5). Almighty God in His mercy has given His only Son to die for us and for His sake forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained servant of the Word, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.

LITANY OF CONFIRMATION VERSES
Pastor: The Lord declares: Every Word of God is flawless. He is a shield to those who take refuge in him (Psalm 30:5) Let us hear the Word and Promises of God:
People: The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
Pastor: God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble
(Psalm 46:1).
People: The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear. (Psalm 27:1)
Pastor: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. (John 14:27)
People: Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you where ever you go.
(Deuteronomy 31:6)
Pastor: And surely, I am with you always to the very end of the age.
(Matthew 28:20)
People: The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him (Psalm 28:7)
Pastor: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)
All: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

COLLECT:
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Pastor: Let us pray…
All: O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Therefore, grant to Your people that they may love what You command and desire what You promise, that among the manifold changes of this age our hearts may ever be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Choir: “The Reason” (10:30) Soloist: Doug Longest

+++THE WORD+++
First Reading: Acts 16:9-15 (Lydia Comes to Faith in Jesus)
9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.
13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE: Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27 (John gets a view of the kingdom to come.)
9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass. 22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL HYMN: “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing” LSB # 475 (Saturday)
“What a Beautiful Name” (8:00 & 10:30)

HOLY GOSPEL: John 5:1-9 (“Do you want to get well?”)
Pastor: The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fifth chapter.
People: Glory to You, O Lord.
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,

Pastor: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, O Christ.

MESSAGE: Matthew Woods, Associate Pastor

OFFERING: “What Wondrous Love Is This” LSB 543 vs. 3-4 (Saturday and 10:30)
“The Reason” –Choir Only (8:00 AM) Soloist: Doug Longest

(Saturday and 8:00—Continues with The Prayers and the Lord’s Prayer on page #8)

+++THE RITE CONFIRMATION+++
(10:30)

Beloved in the Lord, our Lord Jesus Christ said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I will be with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18b-20).
You have been baptized and you have been taught the faith according to our Lord’s instructions. The fulfillment of His bidding we now celebrate with thankful hearts, rejoicing to confess the faith into which you were baptized and which you yourselves will now confess before the Church.
Jesus said: “Whoever acknowledges me before me, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven” (Matt 10:32-33).
Lift up your hearts therefore to the God of all grace and joyfully give answer to what, in the name of the Lord, as a minister of His church, I now shall ask you.

Pastor: Do you this day, in the presence of God and of this Christian congregation, acknowledge the gifts that God gave you in your Baptism?
Confirmands: Yes, I Do.

Pastor: Do you, then, renounce the Devil and all his works and all his ways?
Confirmands: I Do.

Pastor: Do you believe in God the Father Almighty?
Confirmands: Yes, I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

Pastor: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord?
Confirmands: Yes, I 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, died and was buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From there He will come to judge the living and dead.

Pastor: Do You believe in the Holy Spirit?
Confirmands: Yes, I 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.

Pastor: Do you desire to be a communicant member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and of Grace Lutheran Church?
Confirmands: I do so desire?

Pastor: Do you hold all the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God without error?
Confirmands: I believe that the Bible is God’s truth without any errors and the means by which God calls us and nurtures our faith.

Pastor: Do you confess the teachings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, drawn from the Bible, as you have learned to know them from Luther’s Small Catechism to be true and correct?
Confirmands: I do.

Pastor: Do you intend to hear the Word of God and receive the Lord’s Supper faithfully?
Confirmands: I do, by the grace of God.

Pastor: Do you intend to live according to the Word of God, and in faith, word, and deed remain true to the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
Confirmands: I do, by the grace of God.

Pastor: Do you intend to continue steadfast in this confession and Church and to suffer all, even death, rather than fall away from it?
Confirmands: I do, by the grace of God.

Pastor: Do you intend to make use of the Means of Grace, to walk through this life in faithful living as is outlined by the Gospel of Christ, in faith, in your words, and in your actions and remain true to the Triune God, even unto death?
Confirmands: I will by the Grace of God.

Pastor: We rejoice with thankful hearts that you have been baptized and have received the teaching of the Lord. You have confessed the faith and been absolved of your sins. As you continue to hear the Lord’s Word and receive His blessed Sacrament, He who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
All: Amen.

CONFIRMATION
Pastor: Confirmand, the almighty God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has given you the new birth of water and of the Spirit and has forgiven you all your sins, strengthen you with His grace to life everlasting.

Confirmation Class of 2022

McKenna Baird John 14:27

Katherine Fancher Philippians 3:13b-14

Grace Jaquemai Revelation 2:10c

Candace Meyer Philippians 4:4-5

Luke Minich Joshua 1:9b

Evan Shelton John 8:12

Pastor: Upon this your profession and promise I invite and welcome you, as members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and of this congregation, to share with us in all the gifts our Lord has for His Church and to live them out continually in His worship and service.

REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CONGREGATION
Rep: As a representative of Grace Lutheran Church, we also want to impress upon you that the promises and vows you have made today are not one-sided. I therefore ask the congregation: Will all of you welcome these

new members with joy, and be friendly to them, and introduce yourself to them, not only today but in the months ahead? Then answer, “Yes, with the help of God.”
Congregation: Yes, with the help of God.

Rep: Will you support and encourage these young people in fulfilling their vows and promises by your example, both here at church and also in your daily life? Then answer, “Yes, with the help of God.”
Congregation: Yes, with the help of God

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
Pastor: Let us pray together for our Confirmands.
All: Lord God, Heavenly Father, we thank and praise you for your great goodness in bringing these sons and daughters to the knowledge of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We thank you for enabling them both with heart to believe and with mouth to confess His Saving name. Grant that, bringing forth the fruits of faith, they may continue steadfast and victorious to the day when all who have fought the good fight of faith shall receive the crown of righteousness; Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

CONFIRMATION BLESSING
Pastor: The Almighty and most merciful God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless and keep you from falling and present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy.
All: Amen

THE PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER (Saturday, 8:00 & 10:30)

(8:00 continues with the Blessing on page 10)

(Saturday & 10:30 Only)
+++THE LORD’S SUPPER+++

PREPARATION
Pastor: The Lord be with you always.
People: And also with you.

Pastor: Rejoice and lift up your hearts in thanksgiving and praise.
People: We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

Pastor: It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Good Shepherd, who laid down His life and rose from the dead, that we might have eternal life. On this day, our Good Shepherd invites us to eat His body and blood in this feast of bread and wine that our faith might increase, and that we might know His forgiveness. Therefore, with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and singing:

SANCTUS: “Holy, Holy, Holy” LSB 507 vs. 4
All: Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name,
In earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

WORDS OF CONSECRATION
Pastor: The Peace of the Lord be with you always.
People: And also with you.

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS
“Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain” LSB # 487
“Were You There” LSB # 456
“Now All the Vault of Heaven” LSB # 465
“Go My Children, With My Blessing” LSB # 922 vs. 1-4

CLOSING PRAYER:
Pastor: Grant, Lord, that the ears which have heard Your Word this morning might be closed to the voice of gossip and dispute; that the eyes which have seen Your great love might also behold your heavenly glory; that the tongues which have confessed faith in You might always speak the truth; that the feet which have walked in Your courts might tread the paths of righteousness; and that the souls of all who have received Your blessed Sacrament might be renewed and strengthened to do Your will; in the name of Jesus, our ever-living and ever-loving Savior.
People: Amen.

(All Services Conclude Here)
BLESSING

CLOSING HYMN: “Let Me Be Thine Forever” LSB # 689

SILENT PRAYER and ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Dear Confirmands,
“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.” (John 15:5)
Congratulations on your confirmation. Today, you will begin a new phase of your life as you renew and confirm your baptism vows. The challenge you now face, is that you will take what you have learned from confirmation classes and apply them when making new friends, going to school, and as you stay active in your faith here at church and beyond.
Our prayer for each of you is that you continue to grow in your faith. Confirmation is not graduation, but it is designed to be a springboard for a healthy Christian life. In the next ten years you will make some of the biggest decisions of your life (college, career, marriage). But how you handle the smaller decisions in the meantime is what we pray about most. we pray that confirmation has helped prepare you for all the choices that keep you truthful, honest, sincere, faithful, and most of all, Christian; because its these smaller choices that say the most about the Savior living within you.
Take comfort in this. As the Vine, Jesus will provide His branches with food, nutrients and all that is needed through His Word and Sacraments. He knows that it’s important that you continue to draw from Him, who is the Vine. Therefore, today cannot be the end of church, or Bible, or prayer. These things fuel our connection to the Vine. He is your connection to heaven’s treasures. Jesus will build you up and strengthen you to deal with all the decisions and choices which you are faced with. When you draw from Jesus the Vine, your life will be a life that bears much fruit.

Blessings,
Your Grace Lutheran Family