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Your Turn / Re: The Babylon Bee stings again!
April 19, 2021, 09:25:22 PM
Quote from: Pr. Don Kirchner on April 19, 2021, 01:49:28 PM
"Men Demand Reparations From Women Due To Eve Eating The Apple"

"At publishing time, men had withdrawn their request since women pointed out that if Adam had been there to lead his wife as the head of the household, Satan probably wouldn't have been able to trick her."

Nice to see the Babylon Bee catching up to this forum!  ;)
Your Turn / Re: Vaccine Discussin
April 07, 2021, 10:48:16 PM
I had two doses of Moderna, 1/26 and 2/23. Partly for self- protection and partly to help the cause of stopping the spread. I am grateful to have been able to receive it.

Walter Michel, who was my adviser and OT prof. He was amazing in his zeal for Scripture.

Leroy Norquist, who taught NT at that time at LSTC. he was a small man with a mild manner - and an enormous spirit, faith and intellect. The course he co-taught with Joseph Sittler was one of the great experiences of my life.

Frank Sherman, a great professor of ethics and who was a leader in Christian-Jewish dialogue.

Robert Fisher, from whom I learned Church History and polity.

Sorry the list is long, but Jim Scherer was so important to me also. We had shared experience as missionaries to Japan, though he of course had so many rich years of service. I learned so much from him!

Your Turn / Re: Remote ashes???
February 17, 2021, 12:54:29 PM
Quote from: Charles Austin on February 17, 2021, 12:36:45 PM
The mother told her son on ash Wednesday that "yes, dear, we come from dust and we shall return to dust"
That night the little boy comes running downstairs and says "mommy! Mommy! There's someone under my bed and I don't know whether he's coming or going!"

That was the first thing that entered my mind when I read this! LOL
Your Turn / Remote ashes???
February 17, 2021, 12:18:47 PM
Well, we have all heard of "remote communion." Now, "remote ashes?" This was forwarded to me. (Identifiers are redacted.)

Given the forecast for tomorrow, we are changing our plans.  Instead of a drive-in Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m., we are inviting you to a 'Zoom-in' service instead - still at 6 p.m.  The link is in the attached document.

This abbreviated service will include imposition of ashes and Holy Communion; the full recorded non-communion service will still be available on our website and youtube channel at 5 p.m.

If you would like to participate in the Zoom-in service tomorrow, you may either pick up ashes and communion packets at the church from 4-6 p.m. today (2/16) or from 10-12 tomorrow (2/17).  You may also choose to provide your own communion elements (bread or cracker/wine or grape juice) and ashes - burnt palms from last year or simple household dust will do.  (If you need instructions on burning and preparing palm ash, please email  (If you need to have ashes and communion sets dropped off for you, please contact xxxxxx at

Hope to see you online tomorrow for Ash Wednesday and the beginning of our Lenten journey together.  Today - stay warm and safe and enjoy your pancakes/fastnachts/donuts/or whatever your Shrove Tuesday tradition might be.

In Christ,


"Simple household dust?"


Your Turn / Re: Rev. Dr. Darold Beekmann, RIP
February 03, 2021, 12:43:40 PM
Thank you for this, Michael. I do not read the forum as often as I used to and only just now read this news. Dr. Beekmann was Seminary President when I served on the board, and also when Larry and I served as members of the President's Cabinet. Such a wise and wonderful man of faith. May he rest in glory.

I shared this with my congregation.

Prayer on the Occasion of the Inauguration of a Public Official

(This prayer, from the U.S. edition of the Book of Blessings (no. 1965), is an adaptation of the prayer for the Church and for civil authorities which was composed by Archbishop John Carroll for use on the occasion of the inauguration of George Washington in 1789.)

Almighty and eternal God,
you have revealed your glory to all nations.
God of power and might, wisdom and justice,
through you authority is rightly administered,
laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed.

For the President:
Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude
the President of these United States,
that his administration may be conducted in righteousness,
and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides.
May he encourage due respect for virtue and religion.
May he execute the laws with justice and mercy.
May he seek to restrain crime, vice, and immorality.

For the members of Congress:
Let the light of your divine wisdom
direct the deliberations of Congress,
and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed
for our rule and government.
May they seek to preserve peace, promote national happiness,
and continue to bring us the blessings of liberty and equality.

For state and local officials:
We pray for  the governor of this state,
for the members of the legislature,
for judges, elected civil officials,
and all others who are entrusted to guard our political welfare.
May they be enabled, by your powerful protection,
to discharge their duties with honesty and ability.

We likewise commend to your unbounded mercy
all citizens of the United States,
that we be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of your holy law.
May we be preserved in union and that peace which the world cannot give;
and, after enjoying the blessings of this life,
be admitted to those which are eternal.
We pray to you, who are Lord and God,
for ever and ever. Amen.

(From the US Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Your Turn / Re: Altar Prayers/Prayers of the Church
January 08, 2021, 12:26:35 PM
Prayers of the Church related to lectionary themes are posted on the Lutheran CORE website. They are written by Rev. Cathy Ammlung, STS. We use them and I highly recommend them.

Your Turn / Re: Important announcement
December 30, 2020, 03:58:12 PM
I have been on a break from the Forum but wish to join the chorus of grateful participants. Thank you.

Blessed 2021 to everyone!

Donna Smith
Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
November 15, 2020, 08:01:32 AM
Here in central Illinois houses of worship have been asked to go remote, and my church has done so. It is tough, but as one of my colleagues said, we don't want to be responsible for a single case of Covid being contracted at church that could have been avoided. I will note that several of my neighboring colleagues are steadfastly refusing to suspend in person worship, letting each member decide for him/herself.

As my neighbor said, it is best not to second guess anyone's decision. These are uncharted waters.


Your Turn / Re: Planning for life's end
November 10, 2020, 01:13:35 PM
I wrote my obituary this year. I still need to make the notes on requests for the worship service.

During my husbands last few years with me, we arranged the funeral director services and prepaid for our arrangements. We also revised the powers of attorney and advanced directives, and selected and purchased cemetery plots. We will be near Larry's beloved law school (from which 4 generations of Smiths have graduated).

To assist my own executors (brother and family) I have been completing as much of this book as I can:'m+dead%2Caps%2C186&sr=8-3

All of these steps have provided some sense of reassurance and relief for me.

Your Turn / Re: Judge Amy Barrett Confirmation Hearings
October 19, 2020, 12:48:06 PM
And a funny video from the Bee:

Your Turn / Re: Prayer requests
October 18, 2020, 08:17:15 PM
I had not known Bishop Spring until we were in the process of forming the NALC. I was assigned to a committee that related to issues of rostering, candidacy and which was dealing with relationships with the ELCA as we prepared to leave. I wound up on the committee with 5 ELCA bishops, and as the only "foot soldier" I was intimidated! Bishop Paull made me feel valued, respected and was always kind. His mind was brilliant, he had a pastor's heart, and his facility with Lutheran theology and confessions was tremendous. I read this evening that he has entered the Church Triumphant. He will be sorely missed. May his memory be blessed.

Your Turn / Re: The Forum is a success!
September 28, 2020, 04:55:42 PM
Quote from: FrPeters on September 28, 2020, 12:59:31 PM
Did not this thread have to do with the Forum and its acceptance of women and the degeneration of the tone of conversation here?  Do everyone a favor and start a new thread when you change the subject. . .

Thank you.
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