Sauerkraut Supper News: The Congregation Has Spoken -- After considerable conversations within Council and to the depths of the parking lot, the Sauerkraut Survey with input from all attending on Sunday, July 25th resulted in a very decisive outcome.

            The Results:

·       The Sauerkraut tradition will continue – 100% in agreement.

·       The dinner will be for the community – 94%. 

An in-house congregation-only dinner – 6%.

·       The dinner will be eat-in with a few take-out meals for those unable to physically attend – 65%

50-50 split between eat in and take out  - 35%

All take-out - 0%

·       Willing to work the dinner– 67%

Supportive yet physically unable to work – 26%

Unable to work  for other reasons – 7%

 

            An eat-in meal with very limited take-outs will hopefully be within our capabilities of volunteer-power.   Accommodating 120 guests should be within reason for food quantity and prep.  This decrease in paid dinners also allows for sufficient food for the workers.  No take-out production also helps to downsize the event.

 

            The menu will be traditional – roast pork, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, dressing/green beans, pie.  Some thought is being given to dressing as it is labor intensive; the suggestion being to have it made elsewhere or substitute green beans.

 

            Cabbage-cutting is scheduled for Sunday, September 19th.  Raw kraut will be packaged and sold in two-pound bags as is usually done.

 

And Now … It’s Time to Volunteer -- These survey results have taken us across the first hurdle.  We now have a beginning sense of direction.  The next hurdle is being assured of a sufficient number of willing, dedicated, enthusiastic workers.   Sign-up sheets will be available this coming Sunday.

Carol English, Council President

 TELCO, our monthly congregational newsletter will be emailed on July 29 and print copies will be available Sunday, August 1.

 Let Us Praise: Our continuing series on our church’s worship -- 

At Trinity Lutheran Church, following the Confession and Absolution, we sometimes have the Kyrie Eleison. Although the name we use for this prayer is Greek, meaning Lord, have mercy, we say or sing it in English.  As we will see, many other parts of our liturgy have Latin names, making the Kyrie unique.  These foreign names help remind us that the church is universal.

Lord, have mercy appears to have been an ancient faithful exclamation.  In the early church, near the beginning of the service, the priest/pastor would lead a prayer similar to our Prayer of the Church, with the congregation responding to each petition, Lord, have mercy, as we sometimes do in our Prayer of the Church today.  As time went on, this prayer evolved into a three-fold form (Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.) or the short five petition litany we often use. 

The reason for this prayer and its placement is that having confessed our personal sins to God and received His pardon, then we commend all the needs and concerns of the world into God’s Almighty Hands. The tone of the Kyrie is sober and pensive.  However, that mood turns to joy as we move next to the Gloria, also known as the Hymn of Praise, which we will discuss another time.

My practice has been to vary the inclusion of the Kyrie in our Divine Service.  I always employ it in the preparatory, penitential seasons of Advent and Lent (when the Gloria is not used or replaced by another piece) and on holidays and festivals paired with the Gloria, and then intermittently during the season of Sundays after Pentecost. This prayer, Lord, have mercy, is appropriate for us to pray anytime and anywhere as we commend all our pious desires for this troubled world to God’s care.

Pastor Ash