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Confessions from the front pew

I am a Lutheran who likes to sit in the front pew.

I am a Lutheran who likes to sit in the front pew.

There, I said it. Shocking, I know, but it’s the truth.

It may give you some relief to know that I’m not a lifelong Lutheran but a convert during my college days from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in which I was raised. You’ll also be glad to know that by “front pew” I mean the third or fourth row, where I can safely assume no self-respecting Lutheran will sit in front of me.

I’ve taken my forward position after careful consideration and unsuccessful tries in other locations.

Of course, the back row has been booked for generations. But in cases where I wrangled a spot near the back, I found my attention wandering aimlessly throughout the service. Perhaps it’s a dormant case of attention deficit disorder or a lack of proper reverence, but the back row afforded me prime views of everything that goes on in church — except for the actual service.


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