ST PAUL’S PUBLIC SCHOOL CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE

2014-2015

Second Draft

 

Date / Day           Lesson                                                      Gospel Reflection                  Memory

Sept 3

Lesson 1

Explain Gospel Refl.

No Passage today

Sept 10

Lesson 2

Luke 1:26-38

Creed: 1st Article

Sept 17

Lesson 3

Luke 2:1-16

Creed: 2nd Article *

Sept 24

Lesson 4

Luke 3:21-23

Creed: 2nd Article **

Oct 1

Review  and Test: Lessons 1-4

Luke 4:1-13

Creed: 3rd Article *

Oct 8

Lesson 5

Luke 5:17-26

Creed: 3rd Article **

Oct 15

Lesson 6

Luke 6:6-11

Baptism – First

Oct 22

Lesson 7

Luke 7:11-17

Baptism – Second

Oct 29

Lesson 8

Luke 8:22-25

Baptism – Third

Nov 5

Review and Test: Lessons 5-8

Luke 9:10-17

Baptism – Fourth

Nov 12

Lesson 9

Luke 9:28-36

Communion – First

Nov 19

Lesson 10 (Baptism)

Luke 12:13-21

Communion – Second

Nov 26

NO SCHOOL ==============================================================

Dec 3

Lesson 11 (Lord’s Supper)

Luke 19:28-44

Communion – Third

Dec 10

Review and Test: Lessons 9-11

Luke 20:1-8

Communion – Fourth

Dec 17

L. 12 (or Lord’s Supper review)

Luke 20:27-40

1st Commandment

Dec 24

NO SCHOOL ==============================================================

Dec 31

NO SCHOOL ==============================================================

Jan 7

Lesson 13

Luke 22:1-21

2nd Commandment

Jan 14

Lesson 14

Luke 22:47-53

3rd Commandment

Jan 21

Review and Test: Lessons 12-14

Luke 22:54-62

4th Commandment

Jan 28

Lesson 15 (Comm’s 1-3)

Luke 22:63-71

5th Commandment

Feb 4

Lesson 16 (Comm’s 4-6)

Luke 23:1-25

6th Commandment

Feb 11

Lesson 17 (Comm’s 7-10)

Luke 23:26-31

7th Commandment

Feb 18

Review and Test: Lessons 15-17

Luke 23:32-46

8th Commandment

Feb 25

Lesson 18

Luke 23:47-56

9th Commandment

March 4

Examination Practice

Luke 24:1-12

10th Commandment

March 11

Examination Practice

Luke 24:13-24

Luther’s Morning Prayer

Mar 16-18

Confirmation – Private Examinations (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

March 18

 No Class – Confirmation Examinations only

March 25

Lesson 19

Luke 24:25-53

Luther’s Evening Prayer

March 28

8th Grade: Confirmation Rehearsal at Church

March 29

8th Grade Confirmation Service: 9:30 A.M.

 

 

 

 LUTHER’S SMALL CATECHISM

 

THE LORD'S PRAYER (We will say this together at the close of every lesson)

 

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

    Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.

    Give us today our daily bread.

    Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

    Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

 

 

PART ONE: THE APOSTLES’ CREED
 

1. THE FIRST ARTICLE (Creation)

 

I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

   What does this mean?

I believe that God created me and all that exists, and that he gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.

 

And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life. God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil. All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it. For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him. This is most certainly true.

 

2. THE SECOND ARTICLE (Redemption)

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

3. (SECOND ARTICLE, CONTINUED)

   What does this mean?

   I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord. He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.

   All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally. This is most certainly true.

 

4. THE THIRD ARTICLE (Sanctification)

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

5. (THIRD ARTICLE, CONTINUED)

   What does this mean?

   I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.

   On the Last Day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.

 

 

PART TWO: BAPTISM

 

6. BAPTISM (FIRST): THE INSTITUTION OF BAPTISM

 

First: What is Baptism?

Baptism is not just plain water, but it is water used by God's command and connected with God's Word.

 

   Which is that word of God?

Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

 

7. BAPTISM (SECOND): THE BLESSINGS OF BAPTISM

 

Second: What does Baptism do for us?

Baptism works forgiveness of sin, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

 

   What are these words and promises of God?

Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

 

8. BAPTISM (THIRD): THE POWER OF BAPTISM

 

Third: How can water do such great things?

It is certainly not the water that does such things, but God's Word which is in and with the water and faith which trusts this Word used with the water. For without God's Word the water is just plain water and not Baptism. But with this Word it is Baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of rebirth by the Holy Spirit.

 

   Where is this written?

Saint Paul says in Titus, chapter 3, "[God] saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying!'

 

9. BAPTISM (FOURTH): THE MEANING OF BAPTISM FOR OUR DAILY LIFE

 

Fourth: What does baptizing with water mean?

Baptism means that the old Adam in us should be drowned by daily contrition and repentance, and that all its evil deeds and desires be put to death. It also means that a new person should daily arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

 

   Where is this written?

Saint Paul says in Romans, chapter 6, "We were . . . buried with [Christ] through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life!'

 

 

PART THREE: THE LORD’S SUPPER

 

10. LORD'S SUPPER (FIRST): THE INSTITUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

First: What is the Sacrament of Holy Communion?

It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ for us Christians to eat and to drink.

 

Where is this written?

   The holy evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the apostle Paul tell us: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

   Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me."

 

11. LORD'S SUPPER (SECOND): THE BLESSINGS OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

Second: What blessing do we receive through this eating and drinking?

That is shown us by these words: "Given" and "poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins." Through these words we receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation in this sacrament. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.

 

12. LORD'S SUPPER (THIRD):  THE POWER OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

Third: How can eating and drinking do such great things?

It is certainly not the eating and drinking that does such things, but the words "Given" and "poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins" These words are the main thing in this sacrament, along with the eating and drinking. And whoever believes these words has what they plainly say, the forgiveness of sins.

 

13. LORD'S SUPPER (FOURTH): THE RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

Fourth: Who, then, is properly prepared to receive this sacrament?

Fasting and other outward preparations may serve a good purpose, but he is properly prepared who believes these words: "Given" and "poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins." But whoever does not believe these words or doubts them is not prepared, because the words "for you" require nothing but hearts that believe.

 

 

PART FIVE: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 

14. THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

 

You shall have no other gods.

   What does this mean?

We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

 

15. THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

 

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

  What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God's name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

 

16. THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

 

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

   What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.

 

17. THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

 

Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.

   What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect.

 

18. THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT

 

You shall not murder.

   What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

 

19. THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT

 

You shall not commit adultery.

   What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

 

20. THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT

 

You shall not steal.

   What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor's money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

 

21. THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT

 

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

   What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

 

22. THE NINTH COMMANDMENT

 

You shall not covet your neighbor's house.

   What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show of right, but do all We can to help him keep it.

 

23. THE TENTH COMMANDMENT

 

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, workers, animals, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

   What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away our neighbor's spouse, workers, or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

 

 

PART SIX: LUTHER’S MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERS

 

24. LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER

 

    In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

    I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son,

    that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger.

    Keep me this day also from sin and every evil,

    that all my doings and life may please you.

    Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all things.

    Let your holy angel be with me,

       that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.

 

25. LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER

 

    In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

    I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son,

    that you have graciously kept me this day.

    Forgive me all my sins, and graciously keep me this night.

    Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all things.

    Let your holy angel be with me,

       that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.