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Memorial on the Naming of God


WHEREAS Holy Scripture reveals and teaches in Matthew 28:19 that God is named Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and

WHEREAS Jesus directs us to pray to God as Father (Matthew 6:9 and Luke 11:2); and

WHEREAS Martin Luther in the Small Catechism reminds us that God "is truly our Father and we are truly his children" (Introduction, Lord's Prayer); and

WHEREAS the ELCA’s confession of faith begins with, “This church confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (2.01, ELCA Constitution); and

WHEREAS Evangelical Lutheran Worship, a service book of the ELCA, frequently prefers other titles for God beside the names of the Holy Trinity and often indicates the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as only one option among others for the name of God; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the ___________________________ Synod memorialize the 2007 ELCA Churchwide Assembly to declare that the ELCA give specific and intentional priority to the name of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in its worship and educational materials; and memorialize the 2007 Churchwide Assembly to direct the ELCA Secretary to send this declaration to:

  • ELCA seminary presidents and faculty, urging that they stress the confession of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in its theological education of rostered leaders; and
  • ELCA pastors and congregations, urging those using Evangelical Lutheran Worship to use the name of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in those cases where other options are indicated; and urging those using other worship resources to use the name of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in their worship; and
  • The management of Augsburg Fortress and to those churchwide leaders who are responsible for preparing liturgical and educational materials for the ELCA, urging them to uplift this revealed name of God in materials prepared for congregational worship and instruction.