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At the risk of belaboring this…so this one minute ‘service’ was just a “joke” and according to another website, the church secretary of this congregation said that the regular service followed.  “Just a joke”.  In other words, joking around with the Divine Service, prayer,  the Word of God and the Name of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost…the Name of God, as in, the Second Commandment:

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.

What does this mean?–Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His Name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks. (emphasis my own)

This is not a laughing matter. Lord, have mercy when any of us so does this!  

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I posted yesterday a video of a “one minute service” by an ELCA pastor in a hurry to watch a football game.It seems that the ‘one minute service’ conducted by the ELCA pastor was a joke, see this report, that afterwards there was a full service.  Even so, this ‘service’ was featured in the first half hour of the Today Show this morning not as a joke but as this congregation’s actual service and treated as joke indicated by the round of laughter on the Today show.

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The figure of the right is John the Baptizer, pointing as if silently preaching, Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1: 29; 36)

“All truly Christian preaching must have the essential content of the proclamation and witness of John (the Baptizer). A true Christian preacher will first prepare the way for the coming of the Lord through the preaching of repentance. He that is no sinner and does not want to acknowledge himself a sinner, has no need of a Savior. But then follows the preaching of Christ, of Jesus of Nazareth, of the Redeemer of the world. Only by and through such preaching is the eternal Light revealed to men.”  Pr. Paul Kretzmann’s Commentary (published 1921) on John 1: 29

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