How should the church recognize special gifts, like memorials?
Any special gift should be recognized immediately and the givers thanked for their stewardship by appropriate church leadership. The issue gets more complicated when the gift is large and more or less permanent.
Is it better to display an empty cross or a crucifix above the altar?
Empty crosses of various designs — emphasizing that Christ is no longer on the cross but has been raised from the dead — are most common in Lutheran churches.
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