The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Things we sing and say

On the first day of vacation Bible school at Cana Lutheran Church, Berkley, Mich., the children sang "I Am a Christian" with enthusiasm. The next day a helper asked one little boy why he wasn't singing like he did the previous day. He replied, "I'm not a Christian. I'm an Episcopalian."

Dorothy Griffin
Berkley, Mich.

"Must have been a preacher's kid."

I was invited to be the chapel speaker at a nearby Christian school. A couple days later I received this note from a second-grader: "Thank you Pastor B for telling great stories. I know that Jesus loves you and I almost do too."

Jerry Borgie
San Diego, Calif.

After worship at one of our three Crooked Creek Cooperative Lutheran Ministries congregations in Ford City, Pa., a little boy who had sung the closing hymn with gusto allowed his enthusiasm to take the form of somersaulting down the center aisle. He jumped to his feet, turned to his mother and said, "Look, Mom, I'm a holy roller!"

April M. Dailey
Ford City, Pa.

While teaching 4- and 5-year-olds Psalm 23, one girl was excited to tell me her mother's name is in the text: " 'Shirley' goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life ...."

Barbara Alice Siegl
Rockville Centre, N.Y.

"And thank you for giving me the strength to squeeze Bobby's hand harder than he's squeezing mine."

Poor Put-upon PK

I was trying to get my son, Robert, who is 13, to help with Bible school. He complained and griped about it, so I told him there is a special place in heaven for the "Poor Put-upon Pastor's Kid" right along with a special place for the "Poor Put-upon Pastor's Wife." He replied, "With all that I put up with, I better get to sit on God's lap."

Sherri Schafer
Wheeling, W.Va.

Sounds like ...

Last Reformation Day during the children's sermon, I told how Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. My enunciation must have been a bit off, however, as one young man said, "I'm not sure what you mean by feces."

Tim Trippel
Worland, Wyo.


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