At All Saints Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, N.M., the assisting minister prayed “for those suffering on the golf course.” He meant the Gulf Coast, but perhaps the others needed it as well.
Rio Rancho, N.M.
We had a midweek storm, but for many the electricity wasn’t restored until Saturday night. Sunday the closing hymn, chosen weeks in advance, seemed appropriate and prophetic: Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness with a Liberating Light
Columbia Heights, Minn.
|“I see by your massive theological textbook that you’re on study leave too.”|
At Peace Lutheran Church, Fort Myers, Fla., we were enjoying our new building when along came Hurricane Wilma. We were worshiping without electricity, using the piano and praying “For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory” when the electricity came on and the sanctuary lit up. There was a gasp of relief from the congregation and applause. Who says there’s no power in prayer?
Fort Myers, Fla.
After a big storm I arrived at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, where I’m the secretary. The entire building was dark, so I went to write a note for the door: “This church is powerless.” Realizing this is most certainly not true, I wrote a new one: “No electricity in the building.”
When I visited member Thelma Lyons, 92, her daughter, Joyce told me this story: After a long rain, Thelma asked Joyce if there was a rainbow. Joyce checked and reported back that there was no rainbow. Thelma quipped, “I guess they’re cutting back on that too!”
During a visit, our then 4-year-old granddaughter, Lexi, observed: “God sure was busy today. First it was sunny, then it was windy and we even had a little rain. Grandma, do you know how he does that?” I replied, “No, I don’t.” She thought for a minute and said, “Hmmm. He must have a recipe.”
Pamela EdwardsComputer caution
As I helped my pastor prepare for a funeral, I noticed that in the saved liturgy (printed for mourners to guide them through the service) he changed the name of the deceased every time. I asked, “Pastor, why are you doing that the hard way? Why not use ‘word swap’?” He said, “I used to do that until the time I changed ‘Mary’ to ‘Cindy.’ The service went well until in the Apostle’s Creed we announced that Jesus was born of the Virgin Cindy.”
Jeffrey C. Minahan
|When pastors propose.|