RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS
We welcomed into membership, Matt Voigt, husband of Megan (Hayes) Voigt, last Sunday in our worship service.
I am including that section of the service. What a reminder for each of us that have been confirmed of the vows we took to the Lord. How are you doing in keeping your promises to your Lord? How comforting to know our Lord does not treat us in the same way we have often treated him. What a privilege it is to serve our Savior, Jesus!! May the Lord lead you to respond with fruits of faith as you see how he has so abundantly blessed you!!
This rite is intended for the reception of members by profession of faith. Those being received into membership present themselves before the altar, and the minister addresses the congregation:
M: Dear members of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, __________, having been baptized and instructed in the teachings of the Word of God, desires to become a member of this congregation.
The minister addresses those being received:
M: Brothers & sisters in Christ, our Lord Jesus Christ promises to confess before his Father in heaven those who faithfully confess him on earth. You have come before this Christian congregation to declare your faith and to unite with us in Christian love and fellowship.
Therefore, lift up your heart to the God of all grace and joyfully answer these questions:
Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so, answer: I do.
R: I do.
M: Do you believe that the teaching of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, as you have learned to know it from Luther’s Small Catechism, is faithful and true to the Word of God? If so, answer: I do.
R: I do.
M: Do you intend to continue steadfast in the true Christian faith, be diligent in the use of God’s Word and sacraments, and lead a godly life even to death? If so, answer: I do, and I ask God to help me.
R: I do, and I ask God to help me.
M: Will you support with your prayers, time, talents, and offerings the work our Lord has given to this congregation? If so, answer: I will, and I ask God to help me.
R: I will, and I ask God to help me.
M: Having heard your promises, we, the members of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, receive you in fellowship and love, and invite you to share in our worship and mission, in the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit.