Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Seven is a Suprise

Saying for the day: The real church is found in every denomination.

I have already written about what a special church St. Mark’s is but on Sunday it became even more special if that I possible. There was one of those once in a lifetime events during the Sunday service. Seven children were baptized, all from the same family. Now if you know Lutheran churches you know that we seldom baptize more than one or two on a Sunday. You also know that the average Lutheran family has 2.5 children ( though I never baptized a .5). So to begin with this was unique. Then there was the Pastor doing the baptizing. It was not St. Mark’s pastor . He was not even a Lutheran. The seven children were baptized by a Methodist Pastor . That’s right , by a Methodist Pastor. The Lutheran Pastor made the sign of the cross on each child’s head after they were baptized. Even in this ecumenical world this has to be unique. The Methodist Pastor was the grandfather of the children being baptized. Now to make this happen the Lutheran Pastor had to put aside our Lutheran belief that our baptism is better than everyone else's and the Methodist Pastor had to be willing to see his grandchildren grow up Lutheran We have entered a new age where the faith is more important than the denomination. Praise God.

@@@@ News From Pigeon Falls– the little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons fly, poltergeists do whatever it is they do, and life goes on as usual-Tommy TW told Nancy that he had given some though to adding a poltergeist to his book “ Murder in the Sauna” but decided not to because nobody would believe it. He stopped in at the shop yesterday around 4:00. Just after he had said that nobody would believe it a bun flew up and hit him in the head. This is the latest thing Nancy’s poltergeist is doing. It is hitting people with buns. It’s like a little kid throwing food. Perhaps, it’s a young poltergeist. Shortly thereafter Tommy UK came in and it threw a bun at him but he caught it in the air. He told Nancy he didn’t want a bun he wanted a cinnamon role. At which point a cinnamon role flew up and because he was too slow it hit him right smack in the face with the icing side toward Tommy UK. There he sat with icing running down his face, holding the role, and laughing. It was sort of funny at that. Nancy, however, is afraid that other customers might not find it funny. She is trying to find out how to stop a poltergeist.
The new computers arrived at Last Lutheran yesterday. This would seem to indicate that Pastor Moe ordered them before he told the council. The painting crew also started on the interior of the church. Tom Hasmore is really upset. If the Pastor is just going to do things without a council vote then why have a council. He called the Bishop who told him that Pastor Moe was a wonderful Pastor and he must have misunderstood as Pastor Moe would never do anything outside of the congregation’s constitution. So Hasmore has begun studying the congregational constitution. He was on the council for over six years and had never read the constitution. In fact he had never asked questions. He was the shy guy who just sat and voted yes to whatever the Pastor asked. But he did get to vote. Now he was ticked.
Will shy Hasmore become a congregational alligator? Can Pastor Moe really ignore the constitution because what he is doing needs to be done? Will Nancy’s poltergeist tire of buns and go back to piling up tea cups? Will Tommy UK learn to catch cinnamon buns with his hand instead of his face? And of course is Tommy UK really the undertaker‘s kid?

Link for Today: Ribless Musings- A little language study on the fine points of college English. Leave a learned Dr. John in the comment please.
Today was a nice day. I blogged. I add four new links to my link list. I visited most of my links. I watched my soaps. I went out to Walgreen's and bought candy for Easter. The dog is back to normal. One of my old friends called and we talked about the Good Friday sermon he was going to give. Esther called and she is coming to visit tomorrow.Pennie, Betty , and I played canasta and I won. Now I will take a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Some street vendor needs to set up shop right outside Nancy's door selling baseball gloves.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Diesel said...

Nothing happens in my church without the council meeting on it. Makes for a lot of meetings.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

How do you stop a poltergeist? Say, "Pretty please." If it has any manners, it will stop.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Alpha Dude 1.5 said...

The "church" is the people. Not the building or denomination.

The church is us.

So tell me - How can we "Go" to church, when we ARE the church?

12:27 PM  
Blogger Alastair said...

great news about the baptism! In my experience it's not the Christians that have a problem working together to live the good nes, it's the structures of the Church. It's great to read about these artificial barriers being broken down in the real world of the Church!

I would be very happy to have my kids raised Lutheran!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Alastair said...

of course that should be 'good news' that we work together on!

Its late, been a lot of Church going on, it is Holy Week after all ;-)

Am I allowed to do smiley faces in Holy Week?

3:58 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

I like that saying for the day
The Truth IS - Heaven is Open to All

5:22 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

lol Dr John,
If they can't play Canasta, or Bridge or Gin
one would simply have to pick another team

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a neat moment, to witness all that. THAT in itself was "church". I love moments like that. Thank you for sharing, it is a warm, fuzzy story for the heart. :)

7:21 PM  
Blogger Nea said...

I have always wondered if the denomination is really that important. Oh, I know to each person their own denomination is the one and only, but I have always felt that if a person is doomed to hell, even though they lived a good and respectful life, just because they chose to be baptist instead of 7th day, then it doesn't make sense. Grandma was adamant, her church was THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH. No argument allowed.....but we argued, haha.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Josie said...

Dr. John, what a nice story. I have always believed the faith is more important than the denomination, and I think it's becoming more so.


8:54 PM  

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