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Floor Committee Weekend – Off on the Right Foot
« on: May 27, 2016, 04:37:03 PM »
A few of us are at the International Center, where preparations for Floor Committee Weekend are complete and the servants appointed for this duty are arriving.  Today got off to a great start.

It is the last day of the school year for my only child, who comes to the end first grade. I chose to go to our Lutheran school’s final chapel service this morning, to give thanks to God for the blessings of having a great Lutheran school for our son to attend, staffed by some pretty amazing Christian teachers.

Another reason for going was Blake, a classmate of my son.  During the year, young Blake heard the Gospel and studied Bible stories. He sang songs and hymns and spiritual songs in chapel.  He talked about Jesus with his friends and his teacher. At some point during this past year, the Holy Spirit moved Blake to ask that he be baptized.  He chose the last day of school so his friends could be there.

Our pastor spent time with Blake and his grandmother talking about baptism and faith and Jesus, preparing him for The Big Day.
This morning, Pastor called young Blake to the font in front of the school’s entire student body, including the eighth grade class who had graduated the night before.  He read Scripture and asked Blake the important questions:

What is your name?  “Blake.”

Blake, do you renounce the devil?  “Yes, I renounce him.”

Do you renounce all his works? “Yes, I renounce them.”

Do you renounce all his ways?  “Yes, I renounce them.”

Blake, do you believe in God the Father Almighty… in Jesus Christ, His only Son…in the Holy Spir-   “Yes, yes! YES!!!!” (a bit of laughter in the congregation)

(Pastor, smiles, and continues) …Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints…the life everlasting? “Yes, I believe.”

Blake, do YOU desire to be baptized? (Emphatically) “Yes! I do!!!”

That boy had the biggest smile on his face as he stepped up onto a stool and leaned over the font to receive a miracle gift from God, the gift of a promise to be HIS child, on the last day of being a first-grader.

Nearly every adult present had tears in their eyes, me included.  His classmates gave him high fives as he returned to his seat among them.  Last night, as we were going through bedtime routine and prayers, I asked my son if he had any special prayers he wanted to say, not expecting this as the request: “Dear Jesus, please keep my friend Blake in the faith and always learning about you every day.  Amen.”

Amen, indeed.

My LCMS friends, the messy and sometimes distressing work of Synod acting in Convention is upon us. We have our warts and our divisions. Let us ever be mindful of our purpose, to bring the Good News of Jesus to people all around the world and right here in our own back yard.  It actually DOES bring people – even six-year-old boys – into the family of God.  And that one person coming to the font, I believe, makes it all worthwhile.

Blake will be on my mind this entire Floor Committee Weekend, and got it off to a great start.

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Re: Floor Committee Weekend – Off on the Right Foot
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2016, 11:03:49 AM »
Mark I must have missed you!

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Re: Floor Committee Weekend – Off on the Right Foot
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2016, 03:05:42 PM »
Other than two conversations with the Floor Committee on seminaries, and one conversation with the FC on universities, I was holed up at my desk catching up on work.  I did get out with the crowd for meals, and I did user for Saturday night's worship service.  Today I'm at home, on call.  But word is it's pretty quiet and winding down. 

I'll be at the Convention, either in the peanut gallery watching the proceedings or answering questions in the exhibit hall.  Would love to meet and greet peopel there, including you!

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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2016, 11:47:51 AM »
A few of us are at the International Center, where preparations for Floor Committee Weekend are complete and the servants appointed for this duty are arriving.  Today got off to a great start.

It is the last day of the school year for my only child, who comes to the end first grade. I chose to go to our Lutheran school’s final chapel service this morning, to give thanks to God for the blessings of having a great Lutheran school for our son to attend, staffed by some pretty amazing Christian teachers.

Another reason for going was Blake, a classmate of my son.  During the year, young Blake heard the Gospel and studied Bible stories. He sang songs and hymns and spiritual songs in chapel.  He talked about Jesus with his friends and his teacher. At some point during this past year, the Holy Spirit moved Blake to ask that he be baptized.  He chose the last day of school so his friends could be there.

Our pastor spent time with Blake and his grandmother talking about baptism and faith and Jesus, preparing him for The Big Day.
This morning, Pastor called young Blake to the font in front of the school’s entire student body, including the eighth grade class who had graduated the night before.  He read Scripture and asked Blake the important questions:

What is your name?  “Blake.”

Blake, do you renounce the devil?  “Yes, I renounce him.”

Do you renounce all his works? “Yes, I renounce them.”

Do you renounce all his ways?  “Yes, I renounce them.”

Blake, do you believe in God the Father Almighty… in Jesus Christ, His only Son…in the Holy Spir-   “Yes, yes! YES!!!!” (a bit of laughter in the congregation)

(Pastor, smiles, and continues) …Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints…the life everlasting? “Yes, I believe.”

Blake, do YOU desire to be baptized? (Emphatically) “Yes! I do!!!”

That boy had the biggest smile on his face as he stepped up onto a stool and leaned over the font to receive a miracle gift from God, the gift of a promise to be HIS child, on the last day of being a first-grader.

Nearly every adult present had tears in their eyes, me included.  His classmates gave him high fives as he returned to his seat among them.  Last night, as we were going through bedtime routine and prayers, I asked my son if he had any special prayers he wanted to say, not expecting this as the request: “Dear Jesus, please keep my friend Blake in the faith and always learning about you every day.  Amen.”

Amen, indeed.

My LCMS friends, the messy and sometimes distressing work of Synod acting in Convention is upon us. We have our warts and our divisions. Let us ever be mindful of our purpose, to bring the Good News of Jesus to people all around the world and right here in our own back yard.  It actually DOES bring people – even six-year-old boys – into the family of God.  And that one person coming to the font, I believe, makes it all worthwhile.

Blake will be on my mind this entire Floor Committee Weekend, and got it off to a great start.

Thanks for sharing this!  What a truly blessed event.  I have had similar experiences this spring working with the Cub Scouts on their religious awards.
Rev. Peter Morlock- ELCA pastor serving two congregations in WIS

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Re: Floor Committee Weekend – Off on the Right Foot
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2016, 12:48:37 PM »
Posted online today by Prof. John T. Pless:

"Returned to Fort Wayne last night after participating in the meeting of floor committees in St. Louis in anticipation of this summer's convention. The outlook was positive and forward-looking. The deliberations thoughtful and considerate with the aim of building consensus based on Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. The worship was edifying. Staff at the International Center were outstanding in their support and attention to detail. President Matt Harrison demonstrated the quality of leadership that we have come to expect of him, reaffirming that he is the right man to serve our Synod at this point in history. For all of our blemishes and short comings, the LCMS is deeply blessed. It is my prayer that the convention will embrace and reflect the mind and spirit put on display this past weekend."
Don Kirchner

"Heaven's OK, but it’s not the end of the world." Jeff Gibbs

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Re: Floor Committee Weekend – Off on the Right Foot
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2016, 04:08:58 PM »
What happened with the ecclesiastical supervision stuff, the R65 report and items like that?  I am hearing general comments two weeks prior to the national election of the president  - the details will let us know the intent of the convention.

Dave Benke