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Your Turn / Vaccine Discussin
« on: April 07, 2021, 06:24:59 PM »
I am relieved to now be 2 weeks past my second Pfizer shot. As a high risk individual, I have been essentially a hermit for over a year. Every Monday I have had the privilege of celebrating the Eucharist with other high risk folks in our parish. But on Easter I was able to attend the Sunday morning service for the first time. I will continue to serve my Monday morning people as long as the smaller gathering is needed.

I am curious if the Forum participants have had the vaccine and why you did or did not. Also, what is your sense of how the people you serve have approached the issue of getting the vaccine. Any insights?

Your Turn / Dr. Carl Schalk - Rest in Peace
« on: January 24, 2021, 03:41:08 PM »
Thanks to God for this amazing gift to His Church! The following is a notice from Concordia University Chicago. He was giant in Church music but remained a humble servant. When we awarded him the Spiritus Christi award, he agreed because it might be an opportunity to raise funds for the students that he loved. Soli Deo Gloria!

We have learned that Dr. Carl Schalk HS '48, BS '52, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music and 2018 Spiritus Christi honoree, died early this morning Sunday, January 24. A global influence in church music, Dr. Schalk had throughout recent months continued to compose music, write articles and books as well conduct research and host webinars on worship and music from home. We invite the entire university community to keep Dr. Schalk's family, colleagues and musical collaborators in your prayers.
Service details are still in development with the desire to celebrate Dr. Schalk's life when we can all lift our voices together. Those who wish to honor Dr. Schalk at his alma mater are invited to direct gifts to Concordia-Chicago's Center for Church Music.

Your Turn / Inauguration Day
« on: January 20, 2021, 12:31:35 PM »
A thought from St. Paul for *every* Inauguration Day:

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,  who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." I Tim 2:1-4 ESV

I posted this earlier on Facebook and thought that I would share it here as well:

I am pro-life. That means that I reject the destruction of human life from conception to natural death. When a human being is killed by another human being, that death affects us all. The video of his murder (that is all I can call it) is a scene that violates not only our human laws but the laws of our Creator.

The death of Mr. Floyd demands justice. No, not the mob justice seen in riots on Minneapolis streets though I do understand the frustration and anger of the community. I too am angry.

May there be justice now through the due process of our laws under the Constitution. Mr. Floyd was denied justice by one police officer while others stood by and watched. His family and friends are in mourning and in unimaginable pain. We Americans should also be in mourning that such things happen in our nation. I am.

Your Turn / And now for a musical interlude.............
« on: May 07, 2020, 02:32:13 PM »
In the midst of solving all the problems of the world and the Church, it is vital to step back and reflect. That is perhaps part of the reason the Lord gave us the gift of music.

Here is an arrangement of "Jesus Savior Pilot Me" - and old and familiar hymn that can be heard in a new setting that reflects the on-going gift of music in the Church. The composer is Jonathan Kohrs of Concordia University Chicago and it is sung by students of the university.

An old hymn in a fresh arrangement for times such as these. My years of Naval service flash through my mind as I listen.

Your Turn / As the Death Toll Rises - Personal and Pastoral Reflection
« on: April 02, 2020, 07:42:14 PM »
It has been a while since I have been a part of this forum. As a now retired person who, like everyone, is socially distanced I thought that I would join in again.

Today I posted on Facebook the following. I may not get to see people but I do have my closest 2700 friends on line!

Thinking about those dying from COVID19. This is a lengthy reflection so beware.....

As a pastor I have stood by the deathbeds of God's people, prayed with them and their families and commended the dying. At his death, I became the pastor to my own beloved pastor father as he entered eternal life. As I prayed the Commendation of the Dying, he breathed his last. It was a beautiful Christian death.

Today the dying are in ICU isolation without their loved ones or their pastor. Yet they are NOT alone - the crucified and risen Jesus is there. But my heart breaks for these dear ones and I would gladly go and stand by their side if the hospital would allow me.

I am in good health - no symptoms and, as far as I know, virus free. I will do all I can to keep that true. Yet should I be exposed I know that my age and prior medical history do not put me in the most-likely-to-recover group. In 2008, as the result of a Navy deployment, I came close to death due to empyema - mold in the lungs. It was by God's grace that I survived but my lungs were damaged.

So today I have been thinking about lying in isolation without my family or a pastor. I have no fear or worry should God allow this for me because He has redeemed me and death will not have any victory whatsoever. He will be there for me.

If I do become ill (and again I have no reason to think that I will) and if the Lord takes me, please know this. I am baptized. I am bought with the Blood of Jesus. Nothing can separate me from the love of God. I will rise again at the resurrection. To paraphrase Billy Graham, "If you hear that Gard is dead, do not believe it. I will be more alive than I have ever been". Let this be my confession.

The hymn "Abide with Me" keeps going through my mind (LSB 878). I have been singing it all day as a prayer for those who may soon be taken by this disease.

"I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if Thou abide with me!

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heav'n's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me."

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