Dear Pastor Emmons, You have a beautiful altar and chancel. My two sisters and my brother in law are communicants of Holy Trinity Church LCMS in Garfield NJ. The Reverend Daniel Grams is their pastor. When I visit family in North Jersey I attend Divine Service at Holy Trinity Church. I signed the petition for Issues Etc. because I am concerned that the leadership of the LCMS are persecuting Todd Wilken along with such an excellent radio show that truly communicates the Lutheran Confessions to the general listening audience who are not Lutharan. Apart from the Lutheran Hour, how many opportunities do the general non-Lutheran public have to hear pastors discuss confessional Lutheran doctrine. I know that there is a division with the LCMS between clergy and laity who are confessional and those who seek to do the work of the Gospel by adopting the new measures of the Church Growth Movement and Saddleback Church. This is indeed a serious doctrinal conflict; the two positions are not compatible. I have been studying the Lutheran Confessions by reading that very attractive book containing all the confessions from the Augsburg to the Book of Concord. I have read Martin Chemnitz convincing book on the Lord's Supper and I am reading his book on the two natures in Christ. Yes, what a Christian believes about the Lord's Supper is a Christological issue. Well, I am sorry to go on and on with this e-mail. Perhaps we shall have an opportunity to talk again.
I'm glad you're back on the WT. Are you part of the Study Group already? I think you are, but if not, please join. I'd love to have your comments, or at least watch so we don't go astray! I'll miss you on the list though. A lot of us will.
Good to hear from you, Pastor. Do you know Pastor Dutzmann at First Lutheran Boston? I told him that Ingo Dutzmann would be a great name for a pirate. Arrrrrrrgh! Thar be the dred pirate Ingo Dutzmann, arrrrrrgh! So, you're a Mass**** among the Cheeseheads? I'm an Okie among the Mass****s, myself but after 15 years I have learned that New Englanders are great neighbors and fascinating people. For example, only today a fellow I work with learned from me at lunch that candlepin bowling isn't popular in the rest of the country (never even HEARD of, for that matter). Typical New Englander, he's 40 and has been as far north as the ski slopes in VT & ME, as far east as P-Town, as far south as Narragansett and no farther west than the Berkshires so of course he thinks the rest of the world bowls candlepins! I work with some people out in Wausau and have visited there quite a lot over the last four years. Love the people and love traveling out there. I'm going to find Turtle Lake just to see where it is in relation to Central Wisconsin Airport. Blessings to you and your congregations! FDent
I'm happy to have you as a Wittenberg Trail Friend, although I am perhaps the world's worst social networker. Blessings to you, your family, and your congregation from a very unLutheran New England. Not anti-Lutheran, mind you...that would mean people would have to care enough to be against it. Just unLutheran. I guess that means the fields are ripe for harvest!
Thank you for sharing your photos with WT. The chancel looks very nice with the Advent paraments, and I also like the windows above the reradas.
Is Turtle Lake in the Northern part of WI? Is it close to MN? When my wife and I lived in SW Minnesota some years back, we loved the drive through LaCrosse to get between Minnesota and the family back in Illinois. Wisconsin is a beautiful state!
God's blessings with you, your family and your congregation!
In Christ our Lord,
I just saw your comment Pr. Emmons. Sorry for the late response. I primarily hang out on FB & Twitter.
The picture is from a comic book of Darth Vader and Boba Fett (STAR WARS: Boba Fett - Enemy of the Empire). It is an epic fight over a box that tells the future. How it tells the future, I leave for you to read.
"What is that pic / painting of light sabers -- Darth fighting who? Is there a source and something I can get? Cool..."