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Monday, March 27, 2006 AD

The Hideous Strength of Pietism...

...My lovely bride of 3.5 years and I are becoming familiar with The Lutheran Hymnal or the red hymnal at our new "unofficial" church (until we transfer our membership there). But even the "red pill" has lost some potentcy and quite surprised me: low and behold on page five was "The Order of Morning Service Without Communion"!

Wow.

I couldn't believe it. I thought this book (our hymnal) was a bulwark of our Lutheran church. [Remember, Ludderans are a people of the book(s): our Holy Scriptures; our Book of Concord; and our Hymnal.] Now, if you're church, doesn't have communion every Sunday - I feel sorry for you. You need to ask your pastor for it! Demand it! Encourage your elders to support their pastor in this practice.

But take heed! Just b/c your church may offer communion every Sunday doesn't mean your church is necessarily confessional. Case in point: our old church. Watch out!

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4 Comments:

  • Did your old church just build a new facility after leaving the downtown area? I have some friends in the Wichita area that have grown very, very unhappy with thier congregations direction and was wondering could this be the same congregation.

    By Blogger Frank, at 3/28/2006 12:56 PM  

  • Frank, no new church location. It's still in the downtown area where it's always been.

    By Blogger Mrs. T. Swede, at 3/28/2006 2:39 PM  

  • It just goes to show you that things can go down in one area and up in another. It isn't always across-the-board progress or across-the-board decline.

    By Blogger solarblogger, at 3/28/2006 7:06 PM  

  • Well, TLH p.5 does have the venerable "Triple Hallelujah". If we were Baptist, that might seem like a suitable replacement. ;o)

    When I was younger, my old church only did communion 3 times per month (or so) and in 1989 or 1990, they changed it to every week. Now page 5 is for when the pastor is away. 3 LCMS churches in my immediate area have communion every Sunday, but there are about the same number that don't.

    I guess this shows one of the good ways that things have changed in the LCMS (communion every Sunday more common). I won't spoil it by naming any of the bad ways things have changed.

    By Blogger David, at 3/28/2006 7:11 PM  

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