Of outward signs, inward grace and Pastor Nadia’s prayer for a time of pandemic when the sacraments can’t be celebrated

Screenshot from Pastor Nadia's FB post. Click HERE for permalink. Click HERE for text. Sometimes you find exactly what you need at exactly the right moment, and you don't know why. Serendipity? Coincidence? The Holy Spirit at work? In 12-step recovery meetings, sometimes you'll hear the old-timers say a coincidence is what you call it … Continue reading Of outward signs, inward grace and Pastor Nadia’s prayer for a time of pandemic when the sacraments can’t be celebrated

Presiding Bishop Eaton’s pastoral message for Sunday (Lent V): 1. These dry bones will live. 2. Stay home. Shelter in place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzrxzAPeu2g Bishop Eaton | March 28, 2020 | Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Food for thought (or, better yet, for prayer and meditation). Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit this month in full force, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been posting homilies, or messages, to YouTube. This one, addressed … Continue reading Presiding Bishop Eaton’s pastoral message for Sunday (Lent V): 1. These dry bones will live. 2. Stay home. Shelter in place.

Can’t take communion in the time of coronavirus? Pray. Can’t go to church? Pray. Be persistent in prayer.

How do you do church when you can't go to church? Before the COVID-19 outbreak came to town, I didn't realize how much of my spiritual life centered on going to church. Now, after two weeks of "social distancing," it's causing me to reassess. As usual, my first reaction to social distancing was a wisecrack. … Continue reading Can’t take communion in the time of coronavirus? Pray. Can’t go to church? Pray. Be persistent in prayer.

ECLA Presiding Bishop Eaton: Pastoral message on COVID-19. ‘Absence makes the presence of God more profound’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Nd_T4R_EY&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2NSxvIH88LJ6QYNjqj7b5-KUVGhF27KWf4NvGOKFxVNy50G755RFoJeag&app=desktop Bishop Eaton on COVID-19 | Evangelical Lutheran Church in America | March 12, 2020 YouTube blurb: In her message to this church about the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, said that even though “this is a time of disruption. It is also a … Continue reading ECLA Presiding Bishop Eaton: Pastoral message on COVID-19. ‘Absence makes the presence of God more profound’

Eric Norelius — Civil War reminiscences (notes & quotes)

Eric Norelius (26 October 1833 – 15 March 1916) was a Swedish-American Lutheran minister, church leader, and author.[3] ... Eric Norelius was born on 26 October 1833 in Norrbäck, Hassela parish, in Nordanstig Municipality, Gävleborg County, Sweden. He received his early education at Hudiksvall's general school. In 1850, at the age of 17, Norelius emigrated to the United States. In May 1851, he accompanied Lars Paul … Continue reading Eric Norelius — Civil War reminiscences (notes & quotes)

For flatlanders, too: ‘What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals’

I saw this article -- "What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals" -- on the Appalachian Magazine website, where an anonymous editor or webmaster recalled, with a real sense of nostalgia, "... the sight of my mother holding up a raggety old red hymnal and singing to the top of her lungs the songs … Continue reading For flatlanders, too: ‘What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals’

A Bonhoeffer moment and a barstool conversation between Luther, Bonhoeffer and a Finnish theologian — links and quotes for future reference

This article in Sojourners magazine -- "Is Today a Bonhoeffer Moment?" -- appeared last year in February, but I never got around to reading it. Then it popped up today on my Facebook timeline. I'm excerpting it and parking here for future reference. (Something I may want to keep in mind, also for future reference: … Continue reading A Bonhoeffer moment and a barstool conversation between Luther, Bonhoeffer and a Finnish theologian — links and quotes for future reference