The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Know any Epiphanies?

My niece Rebecca (7 at the time) was visiting when I had a meeting at our sister church, Epiphany Lutheran. I told her I had a meeting at Epiphany, and she replied, “I don’t know any Epiphanies, but I know a couple of Stephanies.” I chuckled and thought, by the time you are grown, you will know and have many Epiphanies!

Louise A. McCloughan
Reading, Pa.

Good old Barnswick ... always had
“Good old Barnswick ... always had to have the last word.”
I was glad the church administrative assistant was in good humor when I showed her the bulletin last Epiphany: “The Bible does not say how many Magi came to visit the Christ child, but tradition says it was three because they brought three gifts: golf, frankincense and myrrh.”

Keith Behling
Richland Center, Wis.

At Sunday dinner I asked our kids which Bible story they had learned in Sunday school. Our 6-year-old, Sam, said enthusiastically, “Jesus was baptized in the John by Jordan!”

Ann Loeffler
Frederick, Md.

Tough title

I was soloist for a funeral that listed the song I was to sing, “Who Is This Host Arrayed in White,” as: “Who Is This Ghost Arrayed in White?”

Ruth Kirby
Luverne, Minn.

When I sang at a funeral, the bulletin listed the [same] song, also known as “Behold A Host Arrayed in White,” as “Behold the Host of Red and White.”

Herb Highum
Rushford, Minn.

The church board first noticed a problem
The church board first noticed a problem when the new pastor turned in his yearly report on a sticky note.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lodi, Calif., went through a period of several members’ deaths and funerals. During that time the woman who manages the office received a copy of a contract from a vendor on which they had listed her title as “perish assistant.”

Bob Stewart
Lodi, Calif.

I met our pastor in the hallway at First Lutheran Church, Hayward, Wis. I noticed how rushed he was and asked if I could be of any help. His response, “Well, thank you. Just don’t die this week.” I was puzzled until I realized there were already three funerals scheduled.

Dave Newcomb
Hayward, Wis.

A friend took her then 4-year-old grandson to a wake, explaining in advance that he had to be quiet, that there would be crying and that Jesus would take Aunt Clara to heaven. As they were leaving the wake, he asked: “Is Jesus coming to get her?” “Well, yes ...,” she answered. He quickly replied, “Let’s stick around, I want to see what he looks like.”

Lorraine Kralcik
Edgar, Wis.


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