The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Honest answers

Darin Wiebe, pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church, Oshkosh, Wis., asked the children on Palm Sunday whether they’d used the word “hosanna” in the last day or so. No hands went up. “Well, who has used the word in the last week?” To his surprise, one boy raised his hand. “You did?” Wiebe asked. “You used the word ‘hosanna’ this week? Tell me how. Use it in a sentence.” The boy answered confidently: “Hosanna, don’t you cry.”

Barb Sitter
Oshkosh, Wis.

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“The high-schoolers want to start an SAT prayer group.”
I read the story of Noah and his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth to my Sunday school class. Then I asked, “Can you name any of Noah’s sons?” The children were quiet so I gave them a hint: “What kind of meat comes from a pig?” One boy blurted out, “Pork chop!”

Diane Puente
Richardson, Texas

I asked the confirmands the name of the garden where Jesus went to pray before he died. After a long pause, one ventured: “The Olive Garden?”

Julie Bergdahl
Plattsburgh N.Y.

For his children’s sermon on the parable of the yeast our pastor produced a bottle of water and containers of flour and yeast. He asked, “What do I get if I mix the water into the flour?” Silence followed, and then a girl declared, “Wet flour!”

Wayne White
Rio Rancho, N.M.

Stephan, your answer to the question
“Stephan, your answer to the question on the quiz, the wages of sin, is not $7.50 an hour.”
A confirmation student proudly announced that she had finally memorized the books of the New Testament. She proceeded to breeze through them without a mistake, ending with First, Second and Third John, Jude, Revelation and Maps.

Jeff Thompson
Robstown, Texas

Our northern Minnesota town holds Polar Days in January. One event is a Polar Plunge where, amid the ice-fishing houses, hardy folks jump through a hole cut in the ice of Lake Bemidji. I asked my 20-year-old son if he had ever thought of joining them in the icy jump. His reply: “God put ice over that water for a reason and who am I to question it?”

Marijean Darchuk
Bemidji, Minn.

Ride the walk

An announcement at Community Lutheran Church, Omar, Del., read: “There will be only one service on Holy Thursday. Since this is an important day in our walk of faith, we’re offering rides if you cannot drive ....”

John Barton
Omar, Del.




Posted at 9:38 am (U.S. Eastern) 9/16/2009

Young children are great!  They are honest! I like the response when asked "where is God" Without fail they will point upward. If you ask adults, most will do the same. Let's teach them to point to themselves so that they can learn that God resides in our hearts.


Oregon City, OR

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