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The following article is from The Christian Post website.  The Pastor and his congregation are members of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  I think this article is related to the previous one from the UK on lack of knowing the catechism.–Pr. Schroeder

Want a Side of Encouragement? Mass.Church to Offer Drive-Thru Prayer Services

BY MORGAN LEE , CP CONTRIBUTOR

October 8, 2013|5:24 pm

(Photo: ChristLutheranChurch – Scituate)

Pastor Dan Eddy of ChristLutheranChurch in Scituate, Mass. will be hosting a drive-through prayer service on two Saturdays in October.

 

 A Massachusetts church will offer a drive-thru prayer service on a busy highway each of the next two Saturdays in October.

Pastor Dan Eddy who heads ChristLutheranChurch in Scituate, said he has no intention of mocking religious tradition, but really just wanted to find a new way of reaching out to his community.

“We’re not trying to be flippant with this. We’ll pray with people,” Eddy told The Patriot Ledger. “And this is not a clever way to recruit members.”

Indeed, part of his strategy of locating the station on a popular thoroughfare and meeting on Saturdays, is to be visible to people that might never stop at a church.

“People are hurting economically, personally and emotionally,” said Eddy. “And they need to know there are people out there who care for them.”

Going into Saturday, Eddy is hoping for the best. On the church’s answering machine, he cheerfully advertises ChristLutheranChurch’s newest service. He was unable to return The Christian Post’s efforts to contact him by press time.

 

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My wife just returned from the UK and brought an edition of The Daily Telegraph and this article was on the front page. The similar  below  is from their website with more reportage.  Do you think it’s that bad in the U.S.?–Pr. Schroeder

Church devises ‘Sunday school for adults’ to revive 10 Commandments and Lord’s Prayer

They are the texts which, in generations past, every schoolboy and schoolgirl knew by heart.

Charlton Heston and the Ten Commandments

Charlton Heston and the Ten Commandments Photo: REX FEATURES
 

By , Religious Affairs Editor

10:00PM BST 01 Oct 2013

But passages such as the Lord’s Prayer, the 10 Commandments or the Beatitudes are now so unfamiliar to a modern audience that the Church of England is introducing what is being likened to “Sunday school for adults” to revive their use.

A new course, devised by a group of bishops and theologians, is to be offered in parishes across England in an attempt to “re-teach” the nation the basic tenets of Christianity amid fears they are increasingly being forgotten.

They hope the “Pilgrim” course, which has the backing of the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby, will be run in every parish in the country.

Unlike traditional Sunday schools it can be held on any day of the week, in informal settings such as parishioners’ living rooms rather than a church.

Church leaders hope to echo some of the success of the Alpha course, the basic introduction to Christianity devised by a west London parish, which has been taken by almost 23 million people around the world.

The Rt Rev Steven Croft, the Bishop of Sheffield, one of the authors of the course, said the initiative could be likened to the introduction of the original Sunday schools which were set up in the late 18th century to teach poor children how to read as well as Christianity.

“It is about helping people learn the faith,” he said.

“It is very striking. My parents’ generation all knew the Lord’s Prayer by heart, my generation not so much and my children’s generation not so much at all.

“It is the same asking people to recite the 10 Commandments which at one time every person growing up in Britain would have been able to recite.

“People are losing their memory of these things.”

The Bishop of Stockport, the Rt Rev Robert Atwell, another of the authors, said that widespread ignorance of once familiar texts had deprived a generation of people of a source of strength to help them cope at times of trauma.

“We are losing our capacity to lament as a nation because we don’t have the spiritual resources, we don’t have the language, we are groping around because we have not got this fundamental insight,” he said.

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