The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Sing for joy

The sermon hymn for the third Sunday of Easter at College Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salem, Va., was “Rise, Shine, You People!” followed by the Sanctuary Choir’s musical offering: “Sit Down Servant! I Can’t Sit Down!”

Celi Stoutamire
Salem, Va.

Too many accountants in the choir.
Too many accountants in the choir.
From the Grace Lutheran Church, Wilmington, Ill., bulletin: “Hymn of the Day (Remain Seated): ‘Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.’ ”

Edith Hess
Wilmington, Ill.

While serving as intern pastor of Christ Lutheran, Carey, Ohio, I delivered an invigorating message urging the congregation to witness in their lives, trusting God for words and wisdom. I ended with a rousing call to “stand up and speak loudly about the love God has for us!” To my alarm, the organist began the strains of “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”

Todd A. Payne
West Hills, Calif.

From the alto section of the choir, I turned around to see my husband, a tenor, sleeping through the sermon. As we began to sing the hymn of the day, I couldn’t help but laugh. It was “Awake, O Sleeper.”

Kristin Rader
Norman, Okla.

It's 7:15 Sunday morning and Pastor
It’s 7:15 Sunday morning and Pastor Daniels is putting on his game face.
When our call committee at Advent Lutheran Church, West Lawn, Pa., recommended a pastoral candidate after an 18-month vacancy, the hymn following the sermon was “The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done.”

Charles Beaver
Reading, Pa.

Northeastern New England struggled with six straight days of rain last May, causing rivers to overflow and basements to flood. More than one parishioner at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Laconia, N.H., noticed the appropriate opening hymn on May 14: “Shall We Gather at the River.”

Dave Hackmann
New London, N.H.

But first, the prelude

We all knew our organist at Peachtree Road Lutheran Church, Atlanta, took pride in his lawn. Nevertheless we were a bit surprised when our bulletin announced his prelude: “When I Survey the Wondrous Grass.”

Pauli Dalhaus
Atlanta, Ga.

I realized that I had listed an incorrect composer for a prelude at Brandt Lutheran Church, Tipp City, Ohio, where I’m organist. The title of the piece was Adagio by Bach, but I quickly dashed off a note to the church secretary that said “Aug. 13—Bach not Handel.” In the bulletin it appeared: “Bach not” - Handel.

Carolyn Bendrick
Beavercreek, Ohio


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