Member Affirmation Sunday
Now is the time to be part of something!!!
September 10th, you are invited to affirm your faith and membership together with us at Bethlehem. Whether you have been a member for your whole life or just started coming and joined relatively recently, today we stand in faith and pledge to be one family of God together. New members will be welcomed to come forward while we all confess who God has called us to be together here at Bethlehem.
The following questions will be asked and answered in confidence in Christ:
Do you in the presence of God and this congregation acknowledge the gifts that God gave you in your Baptism? Yes, I do. Do you renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways? Yes, I renounce them. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, and in the Holy Spirit? Yes, I believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Do you hold all the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God and the doctrine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, drawn from them and confessed in the Small Catechism, to be faithful and true? I do.
Do you intend to hear the Word of God and receive the Lord’s Supper faithfully? I do, by the grace of God. Do you intend to live according to the Word of God, and in faith, word, and deed to remain true to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, even to death? I do, by the grace of God. Do you intend to continue steadfast in this confession and Church and to suffer all, even death, rather than fall away from it? I do, by the grace of God. Do you desire to become a member of this congregation? I do.
Will you support the work our gracious Lord has given this congregation with your prayers and the gifts God has given you? I will, with the help of God.
Upon this, your confession of faith, I acknowledge you publicly as a member of our church and welcome you to receive the means of God’s grace here with us!!!