Friday, March 16, 2007

Paul Gerhardt Service in Princeton

For local residents interested, there will be a special service for the 400th anniversary of Paul Gerhardt's birth. It will be held Bethany Lutheran Church in Princeton, Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. on March 19, 2007.
It will be a devotional service to commemorate 400th anniversary of the birth of the great Lutheran hymn writer, pastor and confessor Paul Gerhardt. Besides congregational singing, local church and children's choirs will be participating in the service. The service will consist mainly of Gerhardt's hymns, with commentary on his life. Anyone who is in the area and able to come is very welcome to join!.
(Bethany Lutheran Church in Princeton, Minnesota, 801 South Sixth Street -- at the corner of 6th Street South and 8th Avenue, near the high school and the Fairview hospital. Phone at the church is 763-389-3070.)

Monday, March 05, 2007

Thoughts on Vocation...

The first time I ever heard of the concept of vocation was in college. Without using the actual term, someone once told me that Christians should strive to praise God in daily activities. Especially in the things often seen as mindless, boring and not very spiritual - like washing the dishes. At that point in my life, I had immersed myself in the evangelical world of self-sanctification, especially through activities like witnessing, waving my arms in praise, planning for mission trips, etc. This new concept of vocation (serving God in daily life through the gifts and places He's given you) seemed strange, intriguing. Not surprisingly, I wouldn't hear more of it until leaving evangelicalism.