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Smelly gifts

Four-year-olds suggest what the wise men might have brought

In our Sunday school class for 4-year-olds at First Lutheran Church in Greensboro, N.C., the children were very interested in the gifts the Magi brought to the baby Jesus. They knew the wise men brought gold but couldn't remember what the other two gifts were. The teacher gave them a hint, saying the gifts smelled. "I know," one student said, "it was smelly diapers!"

Doris Hansen
Greensboro, N.C.

Cartoon by Bob Vojtko
"We're not turning back so you can pick up a gift bag."
The funny sides of sin

At last year's annual meeting, the report from the music department included: "Our Little Cherub Choir sins once a month, guided by Sharon Frerichs."

Florene Christensen
Clarksville, Iowa

When our neighbor's son, 5, was asked if he would like to say the table blessing, he was delighted. He blessed his family, his friends, the food and, finally: "And bless our sins."

June C. Towers
Amarillo, Texas

We had told our son Tyler that now that he was 7 he needs to start participating in worship more. We obviously need to work a little more with him on the Apostles' Creed. While in the kitchen I overheard him in the other room reciting his version: "... for the holy catholic church, for the people that make no sense, for our sins .... Amen."

Julee Pengilly
Le Sueur, Minn.

Successful launch

Prior to worship at Christ Lutheran, Aptos, Calif., there was a congregational meeting to discuss and vote on calling a new pastor. When the unanimous vote was announced, our organist and the guest trumpeter launched into "Now Thank We All Our God!"

Edita McQuary
Aptos, Calif.

Hell & hard rock

You would have thought the day's special music was provided by an acid rock band when the bulletin listing for "Fleur-de-lys," a harp, cello and flute trio, was "It is Hell with my Soul."

Marla Firman
Ellensburg, Wash.


Comments

Concerned Lutheran

Concerned Lutheran

Posted at 2:06 pm (U.S. Eastern) 1/5/2010

"When our neighbor's son, 5, was asked if he would like to say the table blessing, he was delighted. He blessed his family, his friends, the food and, finally: 'And bless our sins'.
June C. Towers
Amarillo, Texas"

"And bless our sins" sounds like a decision that was made this last August in Minneapolis.  "Out of the mouth of babes..."



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