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Catechism


Catechism [kat-i-kiz-uh m] (from Greek meaning to teach orally), is an exposition of  biblical teaching. It is an elementary book continaing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion in the form of questions and answers. 

Luther's Small Catechism (Der Kleine Katechismus) was written by Martin Luther and published in 1529 for the training of children. The Small Catechism reviews the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, the Use of the Keys and Confession, and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. It is included in the Book of Concord as an authoritative statement of what Lutherans believe. The Small Catechism is widely used today in Lutheran churches as part of youth education and in preparation for the Rite of Confirmation.


Confirmation [kon-fer-mey-shuhn] ( from Latin meaning to establish) is the public rite of the church by which a baptized person renews his or her baptismal vow, publicly confesses his or her faith, and promises to be faithful to Christ for the rest of their earthly life.  

Through this educational ministry young people have the opportunity to explore God’s Word and learn what it means to serve Christ in the world.  Catechetical instruction is an essential part of a individual’s journey in faith!

View the public Rite of Confirmation at the bottom of the page.

 
    Luther's Preface to the Small Catechism
  • Luther's Preface to the Small Catechism (1529)

    Martin Luther, to all faithful and godly pastors and preachers: grace, mercy, and peace be yours in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

    The deplorable, miserable conditions which I recently observed when visiting the parishes have constrained and pressed me to put this catechism of Christian doctrine into this brief, plain, and simple form. How pitiable, so help me God, were the things I saw: the common man, especially in the villages, knows practically nothing of Christian doctrine, and many of the pastors are almost entirely incompetent and unable to teach. Yet all the people are supposed to be Christians, have been baptized, and receive the Holy Sacrament even though they do not know the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, or the Ten Commandments and live like poor animals of the barnyard and pigpen. What these people have mastered, however, is the fine art of tearing all Christian liberty to shreds.

    Oh, you bishops! How will you ever answer to Christ for letting the people carry on so disgracefully and not attending to the duties of your office even for a moment? One can only hope judgment does not strike you! You command the Sacrament in one kind only, insist on the observance of your human ways, and yet are unconcerned whether the people know the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, the Ten Commandments, or indeed any of God's Word. Woe, woe to you forever!

    Therefore dear brothers, for God's sake I beg all of you who are pastors and preachers to devote yourselves sincerely to the duties of your office, that you feel compassion for the people entrusted to your care, and that you help us accordingly to inculcate this catechism in the people, especially the young. If you cannot do more, at least take the tables and charts for catechism instruction and drill the people in them word for word, in the following way:

    First, the pastor should most carefully avoid teaching the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, the sacraments, etc., according to various texts and differing forms. Let him adopt one version, stay with it, and from one year to the next keep using it unchanged. Young and inexperienced persons must be taught a single fixed form or they will easily become confused, and the result will be that all previous effort and labor will be lost. There should be no change, even though one may wish to improve the text. 

    The honored fathers understood this well, and therefore they all consistently used one form of the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments. We should do as they did by teaching these materials to the young and the common man without altering a single syllable and by never varying their wording when presenting or quoting them year after year.

    So adopt whatever form you wish, and then stick with it at all times. If, however, you happen to be preaching to some sophisticated, learned audience, then you certainly may demonstrate your skill with words by turning phrases as colorfully and masterfully as you can. But with young persons keep to a single, fixed, and permanent form and wording, and teach them first of all the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, etc., according to the text, word for word, so that can repeat it after you and commit it to memory.

    But those who refuse to learn are to be told that they are denying Christ and do not belong to Him. They are not to be admitted to the Sacrament, accepted as sponsors at Baptism, or allowed to exercise Christian liberty in any way. They should instead be simply directed back to the pope and his functionaries, yes, even to Satan himself. Moreover, their parents and superiors should refuse them food and drink, telling them that the prince is of a mind to expel such rude persons from his realm, and so on.

    Of course we cannot, and we should not try to, force the Christian faith on anyone.
    Yet we should steadily keep on urging people toward it and help them know what is considered right and wrong in the society in which they want to live and earn their living. A person who wants to live in a certain city and enjoy its privileges should know and observe its laws, no matter whether he believes in them or is at heart a rogue or scoundrel.

    Second, after they have well memorized the text (of the catechism), then explain the meaning so that they understand what they are saying. Do so again with the help of these charts or some other brief uniform method of your choosing; adhere to it and do not change a single syllable, as said above concerning the text, taking your time with it. For it is not necessary to teach everything at once, but one thing after the other. After they understand well the meaning of the First Commandment, proceed to the Second, and so on, otherwise they will be too overwhelmed to the point of remembering nothing.

    Third, after you have so taught them this short catechism, take up the Large Catechism and use it to give them a broader and richer understanding. Here enlarge on every individual commandment, petition, segment, explaining in each case the various words, uses, benefits, dangers, and hurts involved, as you will find them amply described in many a book dealing with these topics. Stress especially that commandment or any other specific part of the catechism doctrine which your people neglect most. For example, among craftsmen and merchants, farmers and employees, you must powerfully stress the Seventh Commandment, which forbids stealing, because among such people many kinds of dishonesty and thievery occur. Also, for young persons and the common man you must stress the Fourth Commandment, urging them to be orderly, faithful, obedient, and peaceable, always bringing in many Bible examples of how God punished or blessed such people.

    You should particularly urge those in authority and parents to govern the young well and to send them to school. Show them why it is their duty to do this and explain what a damnable sin it is if they fail to do so. For by such neglect they ruin and destroy both the kingdom of God and that of this world and prove themselves to be the worst enemies of both God and man. Thoroughly underscore what terrible harm they do by not helping train children to become pastors, preachers, writers, and the like, and how God will punish them for it. There is a great need to preach about these things. For parents and those in authority are guilty beyond words in this regard, and the devil has horrible things in mind.

    Finally, now that the pope's tyranny is over, people no longer want to go to the Sacrament but despise it. Here again urging is necessary, however, with the understanding that we are not to force anyone into the faith or to the Sacrament, nor set any law, time, or place for it. Our preaching should instead be such that of their own accord and without our command, people feel constrained themselves and press us pastors to serve the Sacrament. The way to go about this is to tell them that if anyone does not seek or desire the Lord's Supper at the very least four times a year, it is to be feared that he despises the Sacrament and is not Christian, just as no one is a Christian who does not believe or hear the Gospel. For Christ did not say, "Omit this" or "despise this," but "This do, as often as you drink it," etc. He most certainly wants it done and does not want it left undone and despised. "This do," He says.

    For a person not to prize highly the Sacrament is tantamount to saying that he has no sin, no flesh, no devil, no world, no death, no danger, no hell. That is to say, he believes in none of these although he is overwhelmed by them and is the devil's possession twice over. On the other hand, he needs no grace, life, paradise, kingdom of heaven, Christ, God, or any good thing. Surely, if he recognized how much evil is in him and how much he needs all the good things he lacks, he would not neglect the Sacrament, which gives help against such evil and bestows so much goodness. He will not need to be forced by law to the Sacrament but will himself come running in a hurry to the Lord's Table, constrained within himself and pressing you to give him the Sacrament.

    Therefore do not set up any law concerning it, as the pope does. Only emphasize clearly the benefit, need, usefulness, and blessing connected with the Sacrament, and also the harm and danger of neglecting it. The people will then come of themselves without your using compulsion. But if they still do not come, then let them go their way and tell them that all who are insensitive or unaware of their great need and God's gracious help belong to the devil. But if you fail to urge these things or if you make it into law and bitterness, then the fault will be yours if they despise the Sacrament. Why should they not be lazy if you are asleep and silent?

    So look to it, you pastors and preachers. Our ministry today is something else than it was under the pope. It has become a serious and saving responsibility. Consequently it now involves much more trouble and labor, danger and trial, and in addition it brings you little of the world's gratitude and rewards. But Christ Himself will be our reward if we labor faithfully. The Father of all grace help us to do just that. To Him be praise and thanks forever through Christ our Lord. Amen.


    From Luther’s Small Catechism © 1986 Concordia Publishing House, www.cph.org. 

     
    The Role of Family in Faith Formation
  • For children to know and love God means that parents remain faithful to God, who creates an ongoing relationship with us as individuals, couples, and families through worship and Christian education. 
     
    The Christian family is the ideal arrangement within which God intends as a model of His relationship of unconditional love (Eph. 5).  Among families with children, the children often follow the faith footsteps of their parents.  If both parents share an active and united religious faith, 97.7% of children remain involved with their faith into maturity (Nelson 130).  For such children, the church becomes increasingly influential in their lives (Francis 119). 
     
    Forming faith in children depend upon regularly participation in worship and Christian education.  While children do not fully understand religious concepts at an early age, they do experience them.  Experiences become the building blocks of faith formation.  The younger a child experiences worship, the more firmly established their faith is likely to become.  As faith forms, children will (1) experience grace; (2) connect with others in the faith; (3) search for answers to their faith; (4) own, witness, and share their faith with others (Halverson 528). 
     
    In this faith development, parents become the guardians of their children’s faith.  To assist in this, the church helps parents remain intentionally involved in their child’s faith life by providing events, experiences, and materials, which intentionally encourage family faith traditions and rituals.  The church can help parents talk to their children about their faith, answer their questions, and offer formal worship and education.  Faith formation is intentional. 
     
    As parents actively participate in their child’s faith development, so confirmation is an intentional event in a child’s life.  As an integral part of faith formation, confirmation declares baptized children who confess the faith are in communion with Christ and His Church.  Their reception at the Lord's Table indicates their intention to embrace ongoing Christian education and worship as a way of life, as do their parents.  Dr. Luther strongly urges that those who are unwilling to learn the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord's Prayer should not receive admittance to the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Baptized Christians admitted to the Sacrament, are only those whom the pastor has examined, determined to be ready, and absolved (Augsburg Confession XXV).
     
    As God has and continues to demonstrate care, love, intimacy, tradition, grace, and sacrifice we too in Christ can model a first commandment relationship.  The family ideal as God's means for nurturing faith is the model for parents-child relationships.  The family is the structure designed by God in which we live our lives.  To be a parent is to give of oneself gladly for the sake of the children God has placed in their care and to help those children keep their feet on the path of Life.
     
    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    • Francis, L. J., Brown, L. B., 1991.  "The Influence of Home, Church and School on Prayer Among Sixteen-Year-Old Adolescents in England."  Review of Religious Research 33.2:  112-122.
    • Halverson, D. T., 1988.  "Faith-Building Lifestyles:  Enabling Teachers and Parents to Share Their Faith With Children and Youth."  Religious Education 83:  526-530.
    • Nelson, H. M.  1990.  "The Religious Identification of Children of Interfaith Marriages." Review of Religious Research 32.2:  122-134.

    Confirmation Eligibility Requirements
  • Confirmation is a public rite of the church preceded by a period of instruction designed to help baptized Christians identify with the life and mission of the Christian community.  It is also is a first step to helping these young Christians leave behind the “milk” of faith and move on to solid food, which by training in Christian maturity enables them to better distinguish good and evil in their daily lives.
     
    “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.” (Hebrews 6:1-2)
     
    Since God alone knows the heart, our growth in understanding and faith is visible in our Christian living.  The same is true for our children.  Their involvement and participation in church and confirmation demonstrates that they are growing in faith. 
     
    “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  ...  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:18-20)
     
    Confirmation depends entirely on the participation, understanding, and involvement of each student.  It requires the completion of specific eligibility requirements approved by the elders.  Satisfactory completion of the items below comprises a student’s readiness for confirmation. 
    1. Attend Pastor’s class
    2. Attend Sunday school
    3. Attend worship service
    4. Serve as an acolyte
    5. Complete memory assignments
    6. Score 75% or above on class quizzes
    7. Complete 10 Sermon Summaries
     
    Since confirmation is not automatic, every candidate for confirmation must demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the Christian faith.  Their regular involvement in all aspects of education and worship is necessary to help them grow in their spirituality and godliness.
     
    “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.  This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.  Command and teach these things.” (1 Timothy 4:8-11).
     
    + Soli Deo Gloria +

    To God alone the Glory!

     
    Confirmation Servce Gudelines
  • Confirmation is the rite by which a baptized person renews his or her baptismal vow, publicly confesses his or her faith, and promises to be faithful to Christ the rest of their earthly life.  Through its confirmation ministry young people have the opportunity to explore God’s Word and learn what it means to serve Christ in the world.  Confirmation is an important part of a young person’s journey in faith!
     
    To endorse these young men and women and encourage them in their Christian life, the congregation will ordinarily confirm our catechumens the first Sunday in May, during the Easter season.  To help you prepare your student for the rite of confirmation, here are some general guidelines:
     
    How should my child dress?  For this important rite each candidate should dress formally.      Boys should wear dress shoes, slacks, a button shirt, and a tie.  (A jacket or sport coat is optional).   
    Girls should wear dress shoes, a dress or skirt, and a blouse.  (Slacks are optional).     
    During the service each candidate will wear a robe, provided by the congregation, in which to be confirmed.
     
    Where will my child sit?  Candidates will follow the pator into the church at the start of service and be seated in the front pew. 
     
    Where will our family sit?  Please let the office know how many guests you are expecting.  We will reserve the pews at the front of the church for parents, godparents, and immediate family.  Other friends and relatives may sit with the congregation.
     
    How will I participate in my child’s confirmation?  Each child will be called forward individually.  Parents, grandparents, and godparents may come forward at this time.
     
    What is Questioning?  The rite of confirmation will be preceded by a time of public questioning. This will take place near the beginning of the church service.  Your child will be expected to share what they have learned in their Christian instruction. 
     
    How can I help my child prepare for Questioning?  Every child will not be asked every question, however, it is a good idea to be prepared.  In preparation for questioning please help your child review the following information:
    • “Christian Questions with their Answers”
    • The Chief Parts in the catechism
    • Ten Commandments
    • Lord’s Prayer
    • Apostles Creed
    • Words of Institution for Holy Communion
     
    In addition, students should bbe able to explain:
    • Law and Gospel
    • Means of Grace
    • What is a Sacrament?
    • Baptism
    • Holy Communion
    • Confession and Absolution 
    • “Short Form for Holy Baptism in Cases of Emergency”. 
     
    How will Communion work?  As you know, your child’s first communion is every bit as important as their confirmation.  During Holy Communion the newly confirmed and their families will sit in the front pews so they may commune together first, ahead of the congregation. 
     
    What about a reception at church? Parents may wish to go together and purchase flowers for worship, boutonnieres and corsages, or a cake. This is perfectly acceptable.
     
    At confirmation these young people will have made a formal commitment to Christ and received a unique opportunity to continue to grow in Him through worship, communion, and Bible class.  They will now be expected to take a more active role in church life as an usher, greeter, youth counselor, etc.  Now, more than ever, they are responsible to serve God by caring for the needs of others and living their lives as witnesses to Jesus in word and deed.  Parental example is a vital part of helping them live their Christian faith!
     
    God’s richest blessings on your upcoming celebration!

     
    Assignment Schedule
  • Luther’s Small Catechism
    Assignment Schedule

     
    Month of:  Week Catechism Topic  Readings  Catechism Memory Due

    Scripture Memory Due 

     Quizzes 
    SEPTEMBER 1 Reformation 20-25 Hymn
    200:1,2
    Romans 1:17  
      2 Luther Movie   Romans 10:17   Romans 
    3:23-24
     
      3 Luther Movie   John 10:27 Romans 6:23
     
      4 Bible 26-39 Mark 10:45 Hebrews 1:1 Luther &
    The Bible
    OCTOBER 1 Commands
    The Law
    42-52 Hymn
    287:1,2
    Matthew 22:37 & 39  
      2 1st & 2nd  53-66 Commandments 1 & 2 with meanings Exodus 20:7  
      3 3rd & 4th 67-84 3 & 4 with meanings Hebrews 10:25  
      4 5th & 6th 85-98 5 & 6 with meanings Colossians 3:20  
    NOVEMBER 1 7th & 8th 99-111 7  & 8 with meanings Ephesians 4:32  
      2 9th & 10th
    Conclusion
    112-126 9 & 10 with meanings Mark 10:6-9  
      3 The Creed
    The Gospel
    128-134 Hymn
    38:13
    Romans 10:10 10  Command
      4 1st Article
     
    135-140 Apostles’ Creed
    1st Article
    John 1:1  
      5 1st Article
     
    140-150 1st Article Meaning John 3:16-17 1st Article
    DECEMBER 1 2nd Article 151-160 2nd Article Galatians 4:4  
      2 2nd Article 161-167 2nd Article Meaning (pt. 1) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20  
      3 CHRISTMASHOLIDAY
      4 CHRISTMASHOLIDAY
    JANUARY 1 2nd Article  168-180 2nd Article 
    Meaning (pt. 2)
    Luke 2:10 2nd Article
      2 3rd Article 181-196 3rd Article John 14:19  
      3 3rd Article 197-219 3rd Article
    Meaning
    Isaiah 43:11 3rd Article
      4 Baptism
    Institution & Blessing
    220-232 Baptism
    First & Second
    Matthew 28:18-20  
    FEBRUARY 1 Power &
    Meaning 
    233-241
    Third & Fourth
    Titus 3:5-6  
      2 Communion
    Institution & Blessing
    244-250 Communion
    First & Second
    1 Corinthians 11:2-28  
      3 Power & Reception 251-259 Third & Fourth Matthew 22:39  
      4 Keys &
    Confession

    Keys
    262-272 Keys
    First & Second
    Hebrews 13:17  
    MARCH 1 Confession 273-278 Confession
    First & Second
    1 John
    1:8-9
    Keys & Confession
      2 Lock-In:
    Communion
      Confession
    Third & Fourth
    Ephesians 4:32  
      3 Lord Prayer
    Petitions
    1 & 2
    280-293 Lord’s Prayer
    Meaning 1 & 2
    Matthew 7:7-8  
      4 Petitions
    3 & 4
    294-303 Meaning 3-4 Matthew
    5:44
     
      5 Petitions
    5 & 6

     
    304-319 Meaning 5-6 1  Thessalonians 
    5:16-18
     
    APRIL 1 EASTERHOLIDAY Revelation 2:10b  
      2 Petition 7 & Doxology   Meaning 7 & Doxology Matthew 6:33 Lord's Prayer
      3 Church Year:
    Calendar & Liturgy
      Christian
    Q & A
    John 11:25-26  
      4 Catechetical Review 320-323 Christian
    Q & A
    1 Peter 1:3  
     
    Memory Mastery
  •  MEMORY MASTERY


    Student Name: _____________________________
     
     
    INTRODUCTION: Martin Luther & The Bible
     
    Scripture & Hymn Parent’s
    Review
    Completed
    Romans 1:17    
    Rom. 3:23-24    
    Romans 6:23    
    Hebrews 1:1    
    Romans 10:17    
    John 10:27    
    Mark 10:45    
    Rev. 2:10b (for Easter)    
         
    CW 200:1,2    
     
     
    I. The Ten Commandments
     
    Catechism Parent’s
    Review
    Completed   Scripture & Hymn Parent’s
    Review
    Completed
     1st  Commandment       Matthew 22:37 & 39    
    1st Commandment Meaning       Exodus 20:7    
    2nd Commandment       Hebrews 10:25    
    2nd Commandment Meaning       Colossians 3:20    
    3rd Commandment       Ephesians 4:32    
    3rd Commandment Meaning       Mark 10:6-9    
    4th Commandment            
    4th Commandment Meaning       CW 287:1,2    
    5th Commandment            
    5th Commandment Meaning            
    6th Commandment            
    6th Commandment Meaning            
    7th Commandment            
    7th Commandment Meaning            
    8th Commandment            
    8th Commandment Meaning            
    9th Commandment            
    9th Commandment Meaning            
    10th Commandment            
    10th Commandment Meaning            
     
     
     
    II. The Creed
     
    Catechism Parent’s
    Review
    Completed   Scripture & Hymn Parent’s
    Review
    Completed
    Article 1       Romans 10:10    
    Article 1 Meaning       John 1:1    
    Article 2       John 3:16-17    
    Article 2 Meaning       Galatians 4:4    
    Article 3       1 Corinthians 6:19-20    
    Article 3 Meaning       Luke 2:10    
            1 John 4:10    
            Psalm 103:1    
            John 14:19    
            Isaiah 43:11    
            1 Peter 1:3    
                 
            CW 38:13    


    III. The Lord’s Prayer
     
    Catechism Parent’s
    Review
    Completed   Scripture & Hymn Parent’s
    Review
    Completed
    Address       Matthew 7:7-8    
    Address Meaning       Matthew 5:44    
    1st Petition       1 Thessalonian 5:16-18    
    1st Petition Meaning       John 11:25-26    
    2nd Petition       Matthew 6:33    
    2nd Petition Meaning            
    3rd Petition       CW 410:1    
    3rd Petition Meaning            
    4th Petition            
    4th Petition Meaning            
    5th Petition            
    5th Petition Meaning            
    6th Petition            
    6th Petition Meaning            
    7th Petition            
    7th Petition Meaning            
    Doxology            
    Doxology Meaning            
     

    IV. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
     
    Catechism Parent’s
    Review
    Completed   Scripture & Hymn Parent’s
    Review
    Completed
    Institution of Baptism       Matthew 28:18-20    
    Blessings of Baptism       Titus 3:5-6    
    Power of Baptism            
    Meaning of Baptism for Our Daily Life       CW 299:1,2    
     
     
    V. The Use of the Keys & Confession
     
    Catechism Parent’s
    Review
    Completed   Scripture & Hymn Parent’s
    Review
    Completed
    The Keys       Hebrews 13:17    
    The Public Use of the Keys       1 John 1:8-9    
    Confession – First       Ephesians 4:32    
    Confession – Second            
    Confession Third       CW 306:1    
    Confession – Fourth            
     
     
    VI. The Sacrament of Holy Communion
     
    Catechism Parent’s
    Review
    Completed   Scripture & Hymn Parent’s
    Review
    Completed
    Institution of Holy Communion       1 Corinthians 11:27-28    
    Blessings of Holy Communion       Matthew 22:39    
    Power of Holy Communion            
    The Reception of Holy Communion       CW 310:8    
     
     
    Sermon Report
  • Sermon Report

     
    Your Name: ____________________________________________          Date: ____________
     
    Church: ________________________________  Pastor: ______________________________
     
    Theme of Sermon: _____________________________________________________________
     
    Text for Sermon: ______________________________________________________________
     
    Main Idea: ____________________________________________________________________
     
     
    LAW: Describe in no less than 25 words how the sermon applied God’s Law to you. 
    (What God commands us to do and not do in thought, word, or deed, and how He condemns and
    punishes sin).

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________________


    GOSPEL: Describe in no less than 25 words how the sermon applied the Gospel to you. 
    (In the Gospel, God gives forgiveness, faith, life, and the power to please Him through works of
    service and Christian living)

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________
     

    ACTION:  What two things did you learn from the sermon that you can put into action in
    your daily life?

     
    1.____________________________________________________________________________

       ____________________________________________________________________________



    2.____________________________________________________________________________

       ____________________________________________________________________________


     
    To Be An Acolyte
  •  To Be An Acolyte

     
    The acolyte makes a valuable contribution to the worship service.  The appearance of the acolyte in the chancel is a signal to the congregation that God is in His house and among His people.  Therefore, the acolyte must be aware that everything and everyone in the Divine Service exists to exalt God and aid in the communication of the Gospel.
     
    The acolyte serves in the presence of God.  Therefore, the acolyte’s service should honor God and keep His altar holy.  The attitude of the acolyte should be one of simple humility and reverence. 
     
    When the acolyte enters the sanctuary and moves about the chancel, the acolyte should walk reverently.  While serving in the Lord’s house, the acolyte should remain quiet.  Ask questions in a soft tone and a polite manner.  Conversations are brief and softly spoken in reverence to God.  When crossing in front of the altar, bow in respect to God. 
     
    Reverence for God also includes showing respect for the things set apart, especially for worship.  The altar, the consecrated bread and wine from the Sacrament of the Altar, the water used in Baptism, are all reminders of the presence of God and treated with care.  Even the pastor, because of his office, receives reverent respect.
     
    The role of acolyte is one of a number of roles that God’s people are invited to fill in service to Christ and His Church.  Always remember, it is an honor and a privilege to serve in God’s house.
     
    “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2 NKJV)
     

    Acolyte Checklist:

    Before worship
    • Arrive at church 15-20 minutes before worship.
    • Ensure candlelighter has sufficient oil.
    • Dress in a blue robe with white surplice from closet.
    • Ask if there are any special instructions.
    • Pray with pastor 10 minutes before worship.
    Following worship
    • Replace candlelighter in office.
    • Hang robe and surplice neatly in closet after the final hymn has been sung.
    • Go to Fellowship and Sunday School. 

    Lighting candles:

    When lighting candles, remember this simple rule: The last candle lit is the first candle extinguished.

    Acolyte Schedule:

    An acolyte schedule is printed quarterly. Be certain to review it and mark your service in the Lord's house on your calendar at home so you won't forget. The schedule is also posted on the website and posted on the bulleting board in the Narthex.

     

  • Catechism Quizzes: 

    Each quiz is a brief assessment to measure growth in knowledge, abilities, and/or skills. Catechumens should select the appropriate unit quiz from the list below.

    Martin Luther and The Bible
  • Martin Luther and the Bible Quiz
    Instructions: This quiz is intended to be completed by each student with parental supervision.  This is not an open book test.  Study should be completed before the quiz is given.  Parents may coach their children as necessary by providing hints without giving away the answers.  When the test is complete both parent and student should sign the test and return it to pastor.
     
    QUESTIONS
    1. On what date did Martin Luther post his 95 Theses for public scholarly debate at the University of Wittenberg?
     
    1. What was the primary purpose of the discussion and why was this important to a Christian’s salvation?
     
     
    1. Luther wrote The Small Catechism for parents to use with their children to teach them basic Christian beliefs.  Why do you think Luther thought Christian education in the home was important?  (Consider Deut. 4:8-10; 11:18-20)
     
     
    1. Luther wrote a great deal about the freedom of the Christian in the forgiveness of sins that comes through Christ. Sadly, those who do not understand Christianity sometimes perceive it as a set of rules about what you cannot do. Why do you think Luther said a Christian was free?   In what ways has Christ made you free?
     
     
    1. What was the role of the church in the lives of people in Luther’s time?
     
     
    1. What do you think is the role of the church in the lives of Christians today?
     
     
     
    REFLECTIONS ON THE FILM “LUTHER”
     
    1. Who was your favorite character? Why?
     
     
    1. What did you learn about Luther?
     
    1. What did you think was the most important scene in the film?
     
     
    1. What can you learn about life in the middle ages from this movie?
     
     
    1. What was Luther’s relationship with God in the beginning of the movie?  At the end?
    5.
     
     
    THE BIBLE
    1. The Bible is divided into two volumes, or testaments.  What are they?
     
    1. What does the word ‘testament’ mean?
     
    1. How many books are in the Old Testament?
     
     
    1. How many books are in the New Testament?
     
     
    1. The first five books of the Old Testament are called the Pentateuch.  By whom were they written?  Name them in order.
     
     
    1. The writers of the Old Testament are called ___________________________.
     
    1. The writers of the New Testament are called ______________________ and ______________________.
    2. Listed the first four books of the New Testament, called Gospels.
     
    1. Which Gospel authors are apostles and which are evangelists?
     
    1. The Bible presents two great principles, these are called the Law and the Gospel. 
      1. What is the purpose of the law? 
     
     
    1. What is the purpose of the gospel?
     
     
    TRUE OR FALSE
    ____1. When we say the Bible is the “inspired” Word of God we mean that God the Holy Spirit suggested the whole content and the words to the writers whom He chose as His instruments for writing the Biblical documents (2 Pet. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16).
    ____2.  The gospel shows us our sin and our need for a Savior.
    ____3.  The term “revelation” refers to all the methods by which God has made Himself known to humanity.
    ____4.  The Bible is God's Word and the only infallible guide and authority for doctrine and life.
    ____5.  God reveals himself in nature.
    ____6.  God reveals Himself most completely and precisely in his Word and above all in his Son who is the Word made flesh (Jn. 1:1–14).
    ____7.  The law shows our Savior and what he has done for us to save us from our sins.
    ____8.  The Word may also take the form of the spoken or written Word (Jn. 20:31; 1 Co 2:13).
    ____9.  God reveals himself in human history as God calls Abraham to go from his land to one that God would show him or as God delivers His people from bondage in Egypt or the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
    ____10.  God, who reveals Himself in word and deed, is active in the process of inspiration by which the message is committed to writing.
     
    WRITE OUT YOUR MEMORY WORK
    Romans 1:17
     
     
     
    Rom. 3:23-24
     
     
     
    Romans 6:23
     
     
     
    Hebrews 1:1
     
     
     
    CW 200:1,2 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
     
     
    The Ten Commandments
  • Name: ________________________
     

    Ten Commandments Quiz

     
    I.  Place the commandments in the correct order.
     
    ____                a. You shall not commit adultery.
    ____                b. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
    ____                c. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
    ____                d. You shall not murder.
    ____                e. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
    ____                f. You shall not steal.
    ____                g. Honor your father and your mother.
    ____                h. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
    ____                i. You shall have no other gods.
    ____                j. You shall not make an idol for yourself.     
    ____                k. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or
                                maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
     
     
    II. Attach the correct meaning to the correct commandment.
     
    1. ____                  6. ____
    2. ____                  7. ____
    3. ____                  8. ____
    4. ____                  9. ____
    5. ____                10. ____
     
    a. We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.
    b. We should fear and love God so we do not take our neighbor’s money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help   him improve and protect his possessions and income.
    c. We should fear and love God so we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.
    d. We should fear and love God so we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.
    e. We should fear and love God so we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.
    f. We should fear and love God so we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.
    g. We should fear and love God so we do not curse,  swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray praise, and give thanks.
    h. We should fear and love God so we do not entice or force away our neighbor’s wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty.
    i. We should fear and love God so we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other.
    j. We should fear and love God so we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.
     
     
     
    III. Law & Gospel
     
          What is the Law? 
     
    1.
     
    2.
     
    Example:
     
    What is the Gospel? 
     
    1.
     
    2.
     
    Example:
     


     IV. 
    Identify each of the following comments according to the commandment to which it most clearly applies.  
    1. “Yes, I turned Bob’s employees against him.  Why shouldn’t I?  I don’t like Bob.”  Commandment ____
    2. “Most movies use bad language.  My friends all swear.  It really doesn’t matter what I say.”  Commandment ____
    3. “I’m involved in school activities and sports.  I have many other commitments.  [Sunday is my only day to sleep in.]  There’s really no time for church.”  Commandment ____
    4. “Nag, nag, nag!  My parents constantly complain.  I get tired of them telling me what I can and cannot do.  Commandment ____
    5. “I want what I want.  I take what I can. What counts is what I have.”  Commandment ____
    6. “Have you heard the latest about Jenny.  I wonder if it’s true?”  Commandment ____
    7. “Sexual intercourse is not wrong when people love each other.  It’s hard to say ‘no’.  Some ideals are too ‘old-fashioned’.”  Commandment ____
    8. “I’ve just got to have the house and the lifestyle he enjoys.  I’m going to do whatever I have to do to get it.”  Commandment ____
    9. “I know I sometimes put things before God and living for Him.  I’m only human.”  Commandment ____
    10. “He hit me and I hit him back.”  Commandment ____
    The Apostles' Creed
  •  Apostles’ Creed Quiz

     

    I.  Creeds

    Mark each item either True or False.

     
    1._____ The word Creed comes from the Latin word credo meaning “I believe”
    2._____ We use three different Creeds in our Lutheran congregations.
    3._____ The Creed we study in our catechism is the Nicene Creed.
    4._____ There are three articles in the Apostles’ Creed.
    5._____ The longest article of the Creed talks about God the Father.
    6._____ The second article of the Creed confesses what we believe about Jesus.
    7._____ A Creed is a statement about what we believe about our one true God.
    8._____ Creeds are not important to our faith.
    9._____ Creeds are ancient statements of faith that date back to the early church.
    10._____ The Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian are the three Creeds of the Holy Christian Church.
     
     

    II. First Article Meaning

    Place the meaning in the correct order.

     
    1. ____                a.  This is most certainly true.
    2. ____                b.  He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil.
    3. ____                c.  I believe that God has made me and all creatures;
    4. ____                d.  wife and children, land, animals, and all I have
    5. ____                e.  that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members,
    6. ____                f.  without any merit or worthiness in me.
    7. ____                g.  He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home,
    8. ____                h.  my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.
    9. ____                i.  All this He does only out of fatherly divine goodness and mercy,
    10. ____                j.  For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.
    11. ____                k.  He richly and daily provides me with all I need to support this body and life.
     

    III. Second Article Meaning

    Fill in the blanks 1-24 with the correct words from the list below.

     
    I believe that Jesus _______________, true _______________, _______________ of the Father from _______________, and also true _______________, born of the _______________ Mary, is my _______________, who has _______________ me, a lost and _______________ person, purchased and won me from all _______________, from _______________, and from the power of the ______________; not with gold or silver, but with His _______________, _______________, _______________ and with His _______________ suffering and death, that I may be His own and _______________ under Him in His _______________and serve Him in everlasting _______________, innocence, and _______________, just as He is _______________ from the dead, lives and _______________ to all _______________.  This is most certainly ______________.
     
    righteousness          God                begotten             eternity            Man                Virgin             
    redeemed                sins                 death                  devil                holy                 Lord
    condemned             blood              innocent             live                  kingdom          true                 
    blessedness             reigns             eternity               Christ              precious           risen
     
     

    IV. Third Article Meaning

    Place the meaning in the correct order.

     
    1. ____                a.  In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies
    2. ____                b.  This is most certainly true.
    3. ____                c.  in the one true faith.
    4. ____                d.  I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ,
    5. ____                e.  but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel,
    6. ____                f.  In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins
    7. ____                g.  and the sins of all believers.
    8. ____                h.  and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.
    9. ____                i.  the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ
    10. ____                j.  my Lord, or come to Him;
    11. ____                k.  enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.
    12. ____                l.  On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead,

    V. Apostles’ Creed

    Fill-in blanks 1-27 with the correct words.

     
    I believe in God the _______________ almighty, maker of _______________ and ______________.
     
    I believe in _______________ _______________, his only Son, our _______________, who was _______________ by the Holy Spirit, _______________ of the virgin _______________, _______________ under Pontius Pilate, was _______________, died and was _______________.  He descended into _______________.  The _______________ day he rose again from the _______________.  He _______________ into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father _______________.  From there he will come to judge the _______________ and the _______________.
     
    I believe in the _______________ _______________; the holy Christian _______________, the _______________ of saints; the _______________ of sins; the _______________ of the body; and the _______________  _______________.  Amen.

     
     
     
    Name: ___________________________________________
    Date: _________________________
    The Lord's Prayer
  •  
    Name: _____________________________
     

    Quiz – Lord’s Prayer

    Fill in the blank (20 Points)

     
    Our Father who art in __________, hallowed be Thy __________, Thy __________ come,
     
    Thy __________ be done, on __________, as it is in ___________.  Give us this __________ our daily
     
    __________, and __________ us our ___________, as we __________ those who __________ against
     
    us, and ___________ us not into __________, but __________ us from ___________.  For Thine is
     
    the ___________, and the ___________, and the __________, forever and ever.  __________.                                      
     
     
     

    True or False (10 points)

     
    _____ 1. The Lord’s Prayer has seven petitions, introduction and conclusion.
     
    _____ 2. The conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer is: “Our Father who art in heaven.”
     
    _____ 3. Prayer is speaking to God in words or thoughts.
     
    _____ 4. We should pray to God, the saints, and the angels.
     
    _____ 5. God only hears the prayers of those who believe in Jesus.
     
    _____ 6. We may only pray in church.
     
    _____ 7. We should pray regularly, frequently, and especially in times of trouble.
     
    _____ 8. Jesus gave us the Lord’s Prayer as a model of how to pray.
     
    _____ 9. “Amen” means: so shall it be.
     
    _____ 10. The only true God is the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
     
     
     
    (over)
     

    Short answer (6  points)

     
    1. What is prayer?
     
     
    1. Whose prayers does God hear?
     
     
    1. For whom should we pray?
     
     
    1. With what words may a believer pray?
     
    1.  
     
    1.  
     
    1.  
     
    Baptism and Confession
  • Quiz – Baptism & Confession
     
    NAME: __________________________
     
    Baptism
    1. What is Baptism?
     
     
    1. What does the word baptize mean?
     
     
    1. Who instituted Holy Baptism?
     
     
    1. Who may baptize?
     
     
    1. Who is to be baptized?
     
     
    1. Why are babies baptized?
     
     
    1. What benefits does Baptism give?
     
     
    1. Is it possible for an unbaptized person to be saved?
     
     
    1. Why are we not to seek a “baptism of the Holy Spirit” in addition to the Sacrament of Holy Baptism?
     
     
    1. How can water do such great things?
     
     
    1. With which words do we regularly remember our Baptism?
     
     
    Confession
    1. What is confession?
     
     
    1. What are the two parts of confession?
     
     
    1. What sins do we confess…
      1. before God?
     
     
    1. before our neighbor?
     
     
    1. privately to our pastor?
     
     
    1. How should we regard the absolution spoken by the pastor?
     
     
    1. What is the Office of the Keys?
     
     
    1. Who are repentant sinners?
     
     
    1. Who is not to be forgiven?
     
     
    1. According to Matthew 18, what steps are taken in Church Discipline?
      1. first?
     
     
    1. second?
     
     
    1. third?
     
     
    1. Finally?
     
     
    1. What is the goal of Church Discipline?
    Holy Communion
  • The Sacrament of Holy Communion
     
    Fill in the blanks.
     
    The Large Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther introduces the Lord’s Supper thus.
     
     “… The discussion of these points will be based on the words by which Christ instituted it.  Everyone who wished to be a Christian and go to this sacrament should be familiar with these words.  For we do not intend to grant admission to the Sacrament and distribute it to those who do not know what they are looking for or why they are coming.  The words are these…”
     
             
    “Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the __________ he was betrayed, took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples and said, ‘Take, ___________; this is My __________, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of Me."
     
    “In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, gave thanks and gave it to them saying, ‘This cup is the new testament in My ___________, which is poured out for you for the _________________ of sins.  Do this, as __________ as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
     
    The Small Catechism, which we use in our confirmation program, devotes an entire section to the Lord’s Supper as well.  The section is called, “The Sacrament of the ___________”.  The word Sacrament is a Latin translation of the Greek word meaning _______________.  (See 1 Corinthians 4:1, Ephesians 5:32, and 1 Timothy 3:16).
     
    A Sacrament is a ___________ ___________ that is instituted by God in which He has joined His Word of _______________ to a visible element, and offers, gives, and seals the _______________ of sins earned by Christ.  By this definition we recognize __________ Sacraments: Holy _____________ and the Lord’s ______________.  These, together with God’s Word which gives the Sacraments their power, are referred to as the __________ of __________.
     
     
    1. Why do you think the Lord’s Supper is called the Sacrament of the Altar?
     
    1. What is a Sacrament?
     
    1. How many Sacraments are there?
     
    1. What is the Means of grace?
     
    1. In answer to the question, “What is the Sacrament of the Altar?” Luther explains it as the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in, with, and under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and drink.
     
    1. Why does he use the word true?
     
    1. What is Luther reminding us of when he says we receive the body and blood of Jesus “under” the bread and wine?
     
    1. What are the benefits of eating and drinking the Lord’s Supper?
     
    1. What gives the Lord’s Supper its power to bestow on us the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation?
     
    It is necessary to receive the sacrament worthily (1 Cor. 11:23-29).  The key to communing in a worthy manner is the ability and willingness to discern the body and blood.  This ability and willingness is God’s gift and consists of repentance and faith.  One who communes worthily acknowledges the importance of preserving a unity with fellow communicants and is willing to do what is needed to remove any fracture or division in that unity. 
     
    The faith of one who communes worthily includes faith in Christ as well as faith in the real presence of Christ’s body and blood.  Moreover, faith in the Sacrament’s benefits is also important, and especially its purpose to maintain the identity and unity of the church as the Body of Christ.
     
     
    1. In all of Luther’s explanation about the Lord’s Supper he says there are two little words that are very important, what do you think they are?  (Matt. 26:26-28)
     
    1. May the weak in faith come to the Lord’s Table?
     
    1. Who must not be given the Sacrament of the Altar?
     
    A.
    B.
    C.
    D.
     
    Because giving the Sacrament to these would cause spiritual harm, it is out of love and Christian concern for their souls that the Lord’s Supper is restricted to those whom St. Paul calls worthy:
     
    Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.  A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. (1 Corinthians 11:27-29 NIV) 
     
    For this reason our churches practice close communion, sometimes called closed communionThe Lord’s Supper is both a gift and a sign of unity because of what we firmly believe.  Actually, our teaching stands in line with the history of the Christian church. 
     
    1. What are some of the names used in Scripture to refer to the Sacrament of the Altar?
     



Luther's Catechism--Revised Edition (1982)
Author: David P. Kuske

This revised edition reflects the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod approved enchiridion changes.

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