Here are the traditional pledges for Vacation Bible School. No matter what 2020 VBS Theme you choose, these will help you kick start your day the right way. This download link above includes four pages: one for each individual pledge (Bible, Christian Flag, American Flag) and the combined version pictures below.
- Lutheran Woman's Quarterly Archived Bible Studies Bible Studies in English. Download these Bible studies previously published in the Lutheran Women’s Quarterly for individual or group use. Many have additional leader guides or presenter notes. Select Bible studies are also available in Spanish.
- Online Resources. Christian-Jewish Resources. The Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community (PDF) On April 18, 1994 the ELCA Churchwide Assembly adopted the “Declaration,” which repudiates Luther's anti-Jewish writings, expresses deep regret for their historical consequences, and reclaims the desire to live in 'love and respect for Jewish people.'
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Our opening procedures are simple and we work hard to include everyone. Every day, we select different children to hold the flags and the Bible as we make our pledges. If you have large flags mounted in heavy stands, you could select children to come stand next to the flag, as an example of how to pledge.
- Click on the image above to download the PDF bookmark version – also in JPEG
- If you prefer, get the full sized and bookmark download all the VBS pledges (Bible, Christian Flag, American Flag) in one printable file plus bookmark version.
The Bible Pledge: Ask a child to hold the Bible respectfully in the palm of his hands. Say,
“I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word, I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God. Amen.”
Have the child lay the Bible on a table or stand. Upgrade completespiter games game.
Pledge To The Christian Flag Words: Ask the children to stand and place their right hand over their heart to make this pledge. Say:
I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the Saviour for whose kingdom it stands; one brotherhood, uniting all mankind in service and in love.
Alternate Version -“I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe. Amen.”
Pledge to the American Flag: We have a lot of military families in our congregation, plus we are a patriotic group. We include the pledge to the American flag out of respect for our country. Many children are familiar with the pledge. Everyone should stand and place the right hand over the heart. International readers should use their own national flag or omit this step.
“I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Amen.”
Lead the pledges at the beginning of the day, before your breakout classes. Besides teaching children to respect the flags and the Bible, these procedures will establish order at your VBS. Have a fun time!
Answer: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a Lutheran denomination in the USA. It is the largest Lutheran denomination in the USA and is considered one of the “mainline denominations.” It was formed in 1988 by a merger of the American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Lutheran Church in America. The official website of the ELCA is ELCA.org.
Theologically, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is solidly liberal. It claims to hold to the authority of Scripture, but it rejects inerrancy. It claims to hold to the Trinity and the deity of Christ, but its teaching on justification is nebulous at best. It claims to hold to the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and the Augsburg Confessions, but it denies much of what is found in these creeds by its statements and actions. More information on the beliefs of the ELCA can be found here: https://www.elca.org/Faith.
Socially, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is also decisively liberal. It is weak, at best, in its pro-life view on abortion. It accepts and performs gay marriages. It embraces the ordination of women and homosexuals. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America takes a liberal/progressive viewpoint on virtually every theological, social, and political issue. In addition, among the doctrinal positions it does hold, there are several we believe should be rejected: the baptism of infants, sacramental means of grace, the real presence of Christ in the communion, and amillennialism. As a result of the above concerns, we definitely cannot endorse churches in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.