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Pastors’ Robes and Special Clothing

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? Why do pastors wear robes and special clothing such as the colored strip of cloth draped over the shoulders?? Also, during the Christmas season and then beginning on Easter Sunday you seemed to ?disappear? from the chancel right after you handed the offering plates to the ushers.? When (Read the rest…)

How We Use AMEN & Its Meaning

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? As I reflect back on my days going to church as a youth, I remember singing ?Amen? after all (or nearly all) the hymns.? Why doesn?t our present hymnal conclude each hymn with an ?Amen??? And, will the new hymnal that the LCMS has developed have ?Amens? at (Read the rest…)

How Are Hymns Chosen For Worship Services

Q & A Since no questions were submitted to be answered this month, this column will answer a question that may be on your mind: why do we sing what we do in church? The music sung in church is fitting for that setting.? The setting in church is the worship service: where God comes (Read the rest…)

Facing The Processional Cross

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? It seems that on ?special? days such as Christmas, Easter, and Reformation, we begin the worship service with you, Vicar and others entering the church from the rear.? We?re told to face the Processional Cross as it leads the party into, and later, out of the church.? I (Read the rest…)

Zion’s Worship Service

This month this column will take on a slightly different format.? Please read on.? In early August an email message was sent to me by someone who is moving to our area.? The inquirer is also, wisely(!), looking for a new church home.? A number of questions were directed to me and I attempted to (Read the rest…)

Why Does Apostles Creed Say He Rose AGAIN?

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? For many years I?ve recited the Apostles Creed by heart, but recently, following your suggestion to our congregation, I went over Luther?s Small Catechism again.? (Boy, I sure had forgotten a LOT of what?s there!)? In reading the Catechism, I began to wonder about this phrase:? ?…on the (Read the rest…)

The Creeds

Question: Hey Pastor, why don?t we use the Apostles? Creed more often?? Isn?t it as important as the Nicene Creed? Answer: Ahh!? You have good questions!!? Thanks for writing. Before getting to the heart of your question, I?ll first provide a bit of background on creeds in general.? Historic Christianity has three creeds: The Apostles? (Read the rest…)

Why Does Athanasian Creed Say Must Hold Catholic Faith?

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? On Trinity Sunday we used the Athanasian Creed.? I must say, I was greatly surprised to read in the bulletin insert (on which the Athanasian Creed was printed), the following expression:? ?Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic (universal) faith.? I don?t get it.? (Read the rest…)

Pastors or Elders Drink Leftover Wine

Question: Why do the pastors drink the wine remaining in the chalice after communion? Answer: Perhaps you have noticed that, at the end of communion distribution, the pastors (and sometimes the elder) drink the wine that is left in the chalice.? And, if you have noticed this, you may wonder why this is done. If (Read the rest…)

Pastor Communing Himself

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? I noticed early last fall that you began communing yourself.? Most of my experience has been seeing the Pastor receive communion from a distribution assistant.? Why the change?? Which way is better? Answer: Thanks for writing!? You pose questions that certainly deserve answers. From the content of your (Read the rest…)