Years ago, our organist didn't show up for church. Fortunately there was someone who could step in. Someone went to call the organist, who wanted to know why they were calling so early in the morning - she turned their clocks back by mistake and finally arrived sometime during the sermon. She's now 86 (and sadly retired as organist) and as far as I know still does not touch the clock - someone else does it for her.
Rev. Guido Merkens, the dynamic pastor of the mega-church ConcordiaLutheran in San Antonio, Texasduring the l960's to l980's had hisown system for dealing with Day LightSavings Time.Every year he announced that theparish would not set their clocksahead until 2pm on Sunday afternoon.Therefore everybody went to churchat the normal time and nobody was late. It worked for Guido in Texasand could work elsewhere as well.
Continued:Rev. Merkens called it Concordiatime and only did this in theSpring. He said that it did notmake any difference in the Fallbecause everyone can use an extrahour of sleep and still be in church.The LCMS could use more Guido Merkenswho could preach and administer aparish with class and dignity.
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