Instruction leading to confirmation is held over the course of eight plus years for children in our Christian Day School as they learn Bible stories, memorize critical Bible passages, and study and memorize Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.
Children attending public schools are instructed on Wednesday evenings. Children in the 5th and 6th grades study Bible history and begin memorizing Luther’s Small Catechism. In the 7th and 8th grades, catechesis becomes more intense as the young people are instructed more thoroughly in the doctrines and practices of the Lutheran Church.
The pastors, due to their ordination vows and the importance of the task, serve as the catechetical instructors. The Lutheran Confessions state that "our churches teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church, or administer the sacraments, without a rightly ordered call" (Augsburg Confession, Article XIV). Martin Luther’s Small Catechism is the basic textbook used for catechesis. All catechumens are expected to memorize Luther’s Catechism and supporting Bible verses.
Confirmands are examined publicly on their confirmation day which is always held on the first Sunday in May. The congregation is invited and encouraged to attend the examination.
Confession & Absolution
INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
Available in the sanctuary on the first Thursday evening each month at 6:30 p.m. to hear the living Words of the Risen Christ spoken personally to you in the holy absolution by your pastors.
You may prepare for confession by reading Luther's Small Catechism (LSB pages 321-330) or one of seven penitential psalms (Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143).
If you would like to preview the service that will be used in private confession and absolution it can be found in the Lutheran Service Book (LSB) on page 292.
We provide worship materials in each pew, but if you would like to learn more, or order a personal copy, contact our church office, or visit Concordia Publishing House
Funerals and Cemetery
"Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep." (Romans 12:15)
Your pastors are available to meet with members who are feeling troubled, conflicted, or afflicted. If this describes you, reach out to Pastor Briel or Pastor Johnson via phone or email to schedule an appointment.
Your pastors welcome the opportunity to visit with and offer the Lord's Supper to members who are ill or otherwise unable to attend church. Please contact the church office to schedule a visit at 763-420-2426.