One of my candidacy committee’s reasons for denying me candidacy was that they felt that I was not spiritually mature enough as a Lutheran. Their suggestions were really not ones that I could use because of age restrictions, finances, timing, or whatever; but they did say that I needed a heart knowledge of Lutheranism, which they didn’t feel I had.
As much as I hate to say this, they are right — I don’t inherently express myself in Lutheran terms, so I’ve decided to blog my way through the Small Catechism. All *good Lutheran children* learn it during Confirmation and a professor friend of my father-in-law insists that his students memorize it to help them in their pastoral ministry. As I didn’t go through Confirmation, I’m working on it now. Once I’ve gotten through it, I’ll tackle other writings of Luther and maybe some stuff from the BCP as I am also trying to figure out if I shouldn’t just go back to being Episcopalian (as I feel totally at home in Episcopal worship and have been wondering about if I belong in the church for awhile).
For those who want to read my reflections or would like to respond to what I write, the blog is at http://www.peacefulwaters.org/wildgoose. It is called “Lessons of the Wild Goose” because the early Celtic Christians envisioned the Holy Spirit as a wild goose. (I am a Celtic Lutheran. Hear me roar.) All I ask is that you don’t argue theology of other churches with me in the blog because that isn’t the point of why it exists. I need to learn to express myself as a Lutheran and arguing about the sovereignity of God according to [insert Reformed theologian] is not going to help me.
Ooooooooohhhhh!!! I’m studying to be a “pastorix”. (Apparently in Latin, “pastor” is a male noun and the ending indicates it as such. Therefore, I should be a “pastorix” because I’m female.) Nice try but… I really don’t think this is a good argument against female ordination (if one wanted to use it as such). Our language adopts words with no regard to the gender they had in the prior language.
A few of the women at my seminary used to joke about the fact that we were studying to be “priestesses”. Ironically enough, *we* (the women) were not the ones who advocated bizarre liturgical dances in worship, inclusive language (which is a misnomer), poems about nature being read as the sermon, and the other New Age stuff that all the anti-female ordination people said would enter the church when women became pastorices. (Gotta get that ending right!) The *men* advocated for all those things.
For those who need some help praying, here are a few collects to get your started c/o the Lutheran Book of Worship:
Almighty God, all thoughts of truth and peace come from you. Kindle in the hearts of all your children the love of peace, and guide with your wisdom the leaders of the nations, so that your kingdom will go forward in peace and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty God, heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into ways of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows, and give peace to your Church, peace among the nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord, keep this nation under your care. Bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Help us elect trustworthy leaders, contribute to widecisions for the general welfare, and thus serve you faithfully in our generation to the honor of your holy name, through jesus Christ our Lord.
O God, the Lord of all, your Son commanded us to love our enemies and to pray for them. Lead us from prejudice to truth; deliver us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and enable us to stand before you, reconciled through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
And all God’s children said… AMEN!
Today is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent. My Lenten sacrifice is soda. For those who have never celebrated Lent, here are a few links to explain why this is such a big deal.
Ellen has given up blogging for Lent. Ellen, I did keep my mouth shut until you posted. 🙂
My sister-in-law has Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome and it has gotten so bad right now that she can’t read most of her textbooks without throwing up or getting headachy. She is at work right now and is under fluorescent lights (SSS hell). She has glasses that are being made but she can’t get them until Thursday (when she has a test in one of her classes). Please pray that she can get through until she can get her glasses and also that there might be a solution to help her salvage the rest of the semester. Pray also for my in-laws because this has been extraordinarily draining for them.