One of the Flock (Misericordias Domini, 2011)

“One of the Flock” 2011easter03-misericordias This is one of the most beautiful images in all the Bible.  Jesus, the Good Shepherd.  How many hymns to we have which confess this faith?  I am  Jesus’ Little Lamb.  Have no Fear, Little Flock.  Shepherd of Tender Youth.  And that isn’t even counting all of our Psalm 23 […]

"Worthy" (Pentecost 2009)

Todd A. Peperkorn, STM Messiah Lutheran Church Kenosha, Wisconsin Pentecost (May 31, 2009) John 14:23-31 On the occasion of the First Communion of Five Members of Messiah Lutheran Church For an audio MP3 of this sermon, CLICK HERE TITLE: “Worthy” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. […]

Renata's First Communion

Yesterday was a wonderful day at Messiah Lutheran Church here in Kenosha! We had five of our young members, grades 2-5, who received First Communion. Here’s a couple pictures: I’ll try and write about it more, but it was a great day and worth much rejoicing! -LL

On Pastoral Examinations of First Communion Candidates

This past month has really convinced me of the benefit of pastoral examinations of catechumens. I’ve always avoided it in a formal setting, because I don’t want to contribute to the “pass the test and graduate” mindset. However, exercising pastoral care by teaching children to confess the faith is a great and mighty gift, and […]

Bible Study on Confirmation and First Communion

You will find attached here a PDF file with the bible study I am using currently for teaching about confirmation and first communion in my congregation. I would welcome any of your thoughts on the subject, as this is an important one for the Lutheran Church. Confirmation and First Communion in the Lutheran Church