17 September 2009

Consecration Sunday?


I just got an e-mail from the District Office (here all may genuflect) that mentions "Consecration Sunday."

I checked and double-checked the LSB pages x through xiii and I'm coming up empty.

Then again, according to Apology XXIV:1, every Sunday is a Mass Consecration Sunday (kind of like those youth group "Mass Events"?). But the way this e-mail sounds, "Consecration Sunday" has nothing to do with the consecration of the elements, nor even the daily consecration of ourselves through the remembrance of baptism, etc.

Consecration involves bishops - but I'm not in the English District. We pastors are ordained and consecrated at the laying on of hands - but I don't think this has anything to do with that. And apparently, "Consecration" is also a kind of beer.

The LCMS is a strange place to be at times.

--- Rev. Larry Beane

5 comments:

Rev. Eric J Brown said...

No, no, no - Consecration Sunday is the new term for "Stewardship Sunday" where we make our pledges for what we intend to give in terms of offering for the coming year.

It's from the district - hence, you should have looked first to the fiscal. Theological stuff from the district. . . you try and tell me how New Orleans can be such a family town, and yet your own approach show that you must be going loopy on something!

Father Hollywood said...

Dear Eric:

If it's about "giving," then maybe it should be called "Constipation Sunday."

Absinthe. Good for the whole family.

Rev. Eric J Brown said...

No, no, no - tell your kid stories with the Blue Fairy in them, not help them to see the Green Fairy!

A few of the congregations in my circuit have done so - including a rather decent pastor. . . bland, generic focus on giving of time and talent as well as treasure -- allows for importation of decent stuff. One of the things generally is that you have an outside pastor preach about the cash, that way it's not you telling your own folks to pony up.

We got a book. I never read it. Okay for money drives.

Of course, your example may be where the district wants the congregations to consecrate more money to the district.

Rev. Eric J Brown said...

No, no, no - tell your kid stories with the Blue Fairy in them, not help them to see the Green Fairy!

A few of the congregations in my circuit have done so - including a rather decent pastor. . . bland, generic focus on giving of time and talent as well as treasure -- allows for importation of decent stuff. One of the things generally is that you have an outside pastor preach about the cash, that way it's not you telling your own folks to pony up.

We got a book. I never read it. Okay for money drives.

Of course, your example may be where the district wants the congregations to consecrate more money to the district.

marlene said...

We did this program in our Lutheran Church Canada congregation. The Pastor and the Elders quickly received a letter stating it was not a "Lutheran" program. The letter was very through with its references both Biblical and confessional. We did a watered down version this past year. Still not a very good program.