|This litany was written by
Paul Ericksen and Ned Lenhart at Our Saviour’s Lutheran
Church in Chippewa Falls, WI in April, 2005. Used on a Communion
Sunday, we placed this piece after the Song of the Day. It is
followed by the Sharing of the Peace and the Prayers of the
People before the communion celebration.
New Member Litany
We are here this morning to welcome these new members
into the community which is Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
We are not a building, but the gathered family of God. We are
brothers and sisters in Christ, given this new identity through
our baptism into Jesus’ death and resurrection. Today
we welcome you as members of this family in the larger body
And so we ask, do you desire to join the membership of Our
Saviour’s Lutheran Church? If so please answer: “We
I ask the congregation to stand and join in confessing our
Do you believe in God the Father?
All: I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven
Pastor: Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
All: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Pastor: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?
All: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen
Having together confessed our faith in the Triune
God, we now welcome you into the family of our congregation
and into the ministry of the church. As active followers of
Jesus Christ, we are called to spread his Good News. We encourage
you to accept that call through your involvement in the church.
We welcome you as children of God, growing closer to
God and each other through worship and learning, laughing
We welcome you as fellow workers in God’s kingdom,
inviting you to grow with us in our faith, reaching out
to others with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We welcome you as active participants in the arts:
singing, ringing, playing, painting, quilting and baking as
your talents and interests lead you.
We welcome you as brothers and sisters in Christ,
and thank God for this unique opportunity to serve God and one
another. May the God to whom we belong equip us for every good
work that we do together in his name.
We welcome and accept your invitation and commit
ourselves to using our time and talents for the good of the
congregation. We will strive to live lives worthy of the title “Christian” and
will work with you to spread the Good News of Jesus
Let us pray. Heavenly Father, as you called James
and John, Simon and Andrew to fish for people, so you have called
us to serve you with our own talents and resources. We thank
you for bringing to us these new members of Our Saviour’s
Lutheran Church. You have told us that wherever two or more
are gathered in your name, there you are with them. Help us,
we pray, to see and feel that presence and that others may come
to know you through their interactions with us.