...calls a thing what it is. But I really shouldn't USE that sort of language on a public blog....
What are we in communion fellowship with? A member of mine just returned from a long visit with her family. They attend a parish in another state that is one of our LCMS parishes and where, shall we say, there is a tang of salt in the air. Bulletins were brought to me. They reveal so many interesting things.
How's this for a communion statement: "As Lutherans, we believe that Christ's body and blood are truly present for the forgiveness of sins, in, with, and under the bread and wine. We invite all those who share this understanding and believe that Jesus is their Lord and Savior to attend his holy supper. White grape juice is provided for those who do not consume wine...."
"Under the bread and wine"..."white grape juice"? And I don't suppose anyone needs to be baptized - just share our "understanding and belief"? So much for closed communion!
Oh, but it gets better. One of the bulletins indicates that the homily was delivered by the deaconess. Isn't that precious?
After one of the Eucharistic prayers, we get: "Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, O God, now and forever." [Traditional form: Through Him, with Him, in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, forever and ever!]
Obviously using the ELCA's latest tripe, so I suppose that the word HIM (and heaven forbid, the word FATHER!) is like unto the unpronounceable name of God and must be avoided at all costs even in parts of the LCMess.
And I just love one of the hymns they sang:
"I'm trading my sorrows,
I'm trading my shame,
I'm laying them down for the joy of the Lord.
I'm trading my sickness,
I'm trading my pain,
I'm laying them down for the joy of the Lord."
We commune with this each week we celebrate the Sacrament as members of the altar and pulpit fellowship that is the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Doesn't it make you feel all warm and fuzzy?