Bulletin: October 29th, 2023 - Confirmation Sunday

First Lutheran Church                                                  Confirmation  Sunday
PO Box 153 - 240 Elm Street West                                October 29, 2023            
Amery, WI   715-268-7135                                               www.flcamery.org  
Our mission is to know Jesus and to make Jesus known. Jn. 17    
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS Lord, we confess our lack of faith.  We see a glimpse of what we ought to be and we know we fall short of the goal.  We desire faith that is solid and unchanging, yet we crumble under trials and temptations.  We want to be strong, but we know our own weakness.  Our sinful condition strips us of any spiritual gain that we humanly devise. Lord, forgive us.  Accept us as we are, unworthy for the task, yet gifted for your purposes.  Give us your gift of faith. Amen.

Our God is a great God and knows our needs for all areas of our life. God knows our weakness and our unbelieving hearts, yet loves us enough to die on a cross and provide forgiveness of our sin.  Now the focus is not on the faith that we can muster, but on the great gifts that our Lord gives daily as we live in trust.  God has given us the gift of faith, faith for the moment, faith for every trial, faith for every temptation, faith for every difficult situation.  Praise God for this inexpressible gift of faith.

PRAYER: This day brings joy into our hearts and home, dear Lord. We thank you for the covenant you made with us in Holy Baptism.  You have brought us through the study of your Word to know the meaning of our baptism, to stand before the world and confess your name as the only true God, in whom we have life eternal.  You have blessed us with a Christian home.  For all of this we thank you.  We are grateful also for our church, our congregation, our pastors and the teachers who have helped us in learning Your Word.  We are thankful likewise for the sponsors who have assisted us in our responsibility.  Equip us all our days for the demands of Christian witness.  Renew us each day, in our baptismal grace, so that we honor your holy name and praise it forever.  Amen.
 
HYMN: Borning Cry  (Red 732)                                                © 1985 John C. Ylvisaker
 1 “I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized to see your life unfold. 
I was there when you were but a child, with a faith to suit you well; 
in a blaze of light you wandered off to find where demons dwell.”
 
 2 “When you heard the wonder of the Word I was there to cheer you on;
you were raised to praise the living Lord, to whom you now belong.
If you find someone to share your time and you join your hearts as one,
I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme from dusk till rising sun.”

3 “In the middle ages of your life, not too old, no longer young,
I’ll be there to guide you through the night, complete what I’ve begun.
When the evening gently closes in and you shut your weary eyes,
I’ll be there as I have always been, with just one more surprise.”
 
4   “I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be there when you are old. 
I rejoiced the day you were baptized to see your life unfold.” 
 
Emelia Yeske: Habakkuk 3:17-19 Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer and makes me tread upon the heights.

Aurora White: Galatians 5:13-14 You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become servants to one another.  For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Lillee Steen: 1 Corinthians 1:10  Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you but that you be knit together in the same mind and the same purpose.

Katelyn Osero: Psalm 73:23-26 “I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me with honor… My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
 
HYMN:  On Eagle’s Wings (Red 787)                               Michael Joncas
You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord; who abide in this shadow for life,
say to the Lord: “My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!”
And he will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn,
make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand.

2 The snare of the fowler will never capture you, and famine will bring you no fear;
under God’s wings your refuge, with faithfulness your shield.(Refrain)
 
3 You need not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day;
though thousands fall about you, near you it shall not come. (Refrain)
 
4 For to the angels God’s given a command to guard you in all of your ways;
upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
 
Brady Johnson: 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the partnership of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Craig Hoffmann: 1 Peter 5:7-8 Cast all your anxiety on Jesus, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.

Amelia Fronczek-Rude: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Weston Facchinni: Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.
 
UNITY PRAYER (by Evan Coles),

OFFERING Music by Beth Ray

RITE OF CONFIRMATION, PRESENTATION

CONFESSION OF FAITH: APOSTLES’ CREED
 
PRAYERS, LAYING ON OF HANDS:  Music by Beth

PRAYER: Almighty God, heavenly Father, confirm the work you have begun in these young people.  Grant that they may remain in the fellowship of your church and in the faith of your gospel.  Keep them so that nothing of this world may lead them away from you and the truth they have confessed.  Give them joy in obeying your Word.  Grant that they may always know you more intimately, love you more fervently and serve you more faithfully in word and deed….for the welfare of all humanity, for the up building of your people and the glory of your name, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 
 
SING LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: LIFT HIGH THE CROSS…………………………………….Red 660
 
BENEDICTION  [P] Go in peace and serve the Lord.  [C] We will. Thanks be to God!
Weston Charles Facchinni  
Parents: Tiffany Swager & Beau Facchinni  
Mentor: Brenda Olson  
Baptized: 12-7-08  
Sponsors: Cherae Wilson, Stephanie Evenson, Wayne Oesterreich, Josh Swager

Amelia Michelle Fronczek-Rude    
Parent: Shelley Fronczek        
Mentors: Katie Johnson & Michelle Yeske                                  

Craig Arthur Hoffmann      
Parents: Luke & Leah Hoffmann        
Mentor: Steve Fredrickson  
Baptized: 5-2009                  
Sponsors: Jeremiah Fredrickson & Peter Hoffmann

Brady Wells Wen Hong Johnson 
Parents: Brad & Katie Johnson  
Mentors: Tony & Amanda Aizpurua                        
Baptized: 10-14-12                      
Sponsors: David & Lisa Nutter

Katelyn Maxine Osero         
Parents: Steve & Erin Osero        
Mentor: Michele Osero
Baptized: 2-14-10                
Sponsors: Dave & Michele Osero, Jim Osero

Lillee Grace Jian Steen          
Parents: Kyle & Anna Steen          
Mentor: Laura Lee Ricci
Baptized: 7-1-18    
Sponsors: David & Chris Humphrey, Doug Humphrey, & Sarah Thompson

Aurora Elizabeth White       
Parents: Nic & Julia White            
Mentor: Laura Sjogren
Baptized 5-2009                    
Sponsors: Elizabeth Crandall, Eric White, Chris Taylor

Emelia Rose Yeske               
Parents: Rawson & Michelle Yeske      
Mentor: Laurie Neeck
Baptism: 8-23-09                  
Sponsors: Kristin Mayer & Joseph Neeck
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