The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord is referred to by the sainted Reverend Dr. Paul H.D. Lang as one of the “oldest and highest feasts of the church year” (Ceremony and Celebration). With that said, our famous Lutheran for this blog carnival is the Rev. Dr. Paul Lang. Here is a short bio of Rev. Lang:
The Reverend Dr. Paul H.D. Lang graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1925. He was dominically ordered to serve in the Preaching Office at Trinity Lutheran Church at Palo Alto, California and as campus pastor at Stanford University where he remained until he retired in 1966. He was called to his eternal rest on 25 January 1981. Lang published seven books and pamphlets including Ceremony and Celebration and The Lutheran Order of Service in addition to numerous journal articles. (Taken from Reformation Today).
To get a feel for the Rev. Dr. Lang’s writings you can head over to Cyberstones and read a quotation from Ceremony and Celebration and also go to the Reformation Today article cited above.
You might have wondered why I was asking in a previous post for your favorite ascension hymn. In our education classes they always said, “Be interactive.” Well here goes. I’m going to break up the posts on this carnival with verses from the hymn “A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing” (You can have the music played for you here). At the beginning or end I’d also invite you to head over the Higher Things and read their reflection for today. I strongly suggest that anyone who hasn’t already, to sign up for their daily reflections. Many words can describe them… but most of all they can be described as Christ centered!
1. A Hymn of glory let us sing: New songs throughout the world shall ring: Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ, by a road before untrod, Ascendeth to the throne of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
The first post comes from Caspar at Beggars All and is a cartoon drawn by his oldest daughter in the Rathskeller of the Heidelberg Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Issues, Etc. broadcasted live from Concordia, Ann Arbor, on May 1st, and Caspar and the rest of his family of eight attended the broadcast. Afterward, Caspar invited everyone to the Heidelberg for some traditional Lutheran gemütlichkeit, at which Pr. Wilken was hounded for autographs by all the children in attendance. Caspar’s daughter captured the spirit of the moment in this cartoon drawn while waiting for her Wiener Schnitzel. We guarantee you’ll find this one quite entertaining. We recommend you download the pdf of the cartoon for easier reading, as the details are excellent. (Nerd Heaven observation: Casper’s daughter is brilliant!)
Our next post comes from Kelly’s Blog. In her first post, The good and the not-so-good of Women’s Bible Studies, Kelly bemoans the estrogen overload that she sees often obscuring the objective work of Christ in a lot of women’s Bible studies, and in the North American church in general. In her second post, Kelly gives us an updated art gallery. This post contains links to photo galleries of a wide array of Kelly’s recent artwork, heavy on liturgical and sacramental themes (and sundry). If you’ve never seen a mosaic of Jesus made of real pearls, or a pair of earrings relating to infant baptism, or a painting of a Eusebian canon table next to a painting of the Beatles, go pay a visit!
2. The holy apostolic band Upon the Mount of Olives stand; Alleluia! Alleluia! And with His followers they see Jesus’ resplendent majesty. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Pastor Beisel has been very busy at One Lutheran…Ablog!™ We have three posts from this fine blog. First up is The Necessity of the Reformation (The title speaks for itself). Next up we have Why The Ten Commandments Belong to the Church which highlights Luther (via Prof. Chad Bird) on the difference between Christians and Jews/Muslims. Finally we have Faith and Good Works are Necessary again with a little bit of Luther.
Polly, at Favorite Apron, brings us the post titled, Please Don’t Stand There – Do Something. She asks Lutheran men to please take action and keep our girls away from war.
3. To whom the angels, drawing nigh, “Why stand and gaze upon the sky? Alleluia! Alleluia! This is the Savior!” thus they say; “This is His noble triumph-day.” Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Dan at Necessary Roughness gives us two posts for this carnival. Both are transcriptions of sermons. The first is Mother’s Day at the Home Church and the second is Sunday in Shreveport.
We get our next post from Putting out the Fire. Frank gives us his thoughts on Easter hymnody being a confession of faith. He also writes on the importance of Christ being the subject of the hymn as opposed to our emotional responses “running the verbs” of our hymnody.
Jon LeDetroit at Beggars All takes a sabbatical from the Lutheran Blogosphere summing up the last three months of will-he-go won’t-he-go using a 1972 Peanuts full length feature as an illustration for the state of Lutheranism in 2006 in his post.
4. “Again shall ye behold Him so As ye today have seen Him go, Alleluia! Alleluia! In glorious pomp ascending high, Up to the portals of the sky.” Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Eric over at On the Wittenberg Trail has friends who say on their blogs that they love the things of God, and they want to write about those things. Then you read the blog and it really has more to do with the things of government — the civil realm, and how God’s word should be brought to bear in civil matters. As he was reading and meditating on John 6 it seemed to have something to say about that phenomenon, and he felt compelled to address it in his post titled Prophet and King .
With the opening of the Da Vinci Farce… excuse me… the Da Vinci Code… this Lutheran Carnival features a wealth of resources and statements from around the Lutheran blog world. Rev. McCain, at Cyberbrethren gives us two posts, The Da Vinci Deception and “As Dull as Watching Da Vinci’s Paint Dry.” He also directs us in his cyberbrethren list serve to head over to the website of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis to check out the resources relating to the Da Vinci Code that they have made available. Vicar Charles Lehmann of Drowning Myself Whenever I Can, also brings us A Few Thoughts on the DaVinci Code movie. Finally, Pastor Tom Chryst of has made available a great listing of Da Vinci Code resources on his site, Preacherblog.
Vicar Lehmann also brings us a sermon for Rogate based on John 16:23-30.
5. Oh, grant us thitherward to tend And with unwearied hearts ascend Alleluia! Alleluia! Unto Thy kingdom’s throne, where Thou, As is our faith, art seated now. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Rev. Larry Beane at Father Hollywood brings us our next post, Eggs, bread, coffee, and liturgical conversation. Over breakfast Rev. and Mrs. Beane had a very interesting conversation about liturgical ceremony. That bread sure sounds great….
Reviewer Favorite Apron reviews the 2nd edition of Colleen Hammond’s Dressing with Dignity at the Luther Library, citing the book’s plusses and minuses and telling prospective readers what to expect in this call for modest attire.
The Aardvark has his own special take on one of America’s highest holy days, the Sacred Feast of Motherhood. Sorry, Mom uses children’s sometimes shameful treatment of their birth mothers to examine the even more shameful neglect many self-proclaimed Christians have for their spiritual Mother, Christ’s Holy Church. Televangelism, a legume-based food product, and a children’s song … leave it to the Aardvark to pull these disparate threads together with No Pat Answers, Please, a response to Pat Robertson’s dire predictions for American weather.
6. Be Thou our Joy and strong Defense Who art our future Recompense: Alleluia! Alleluia! So shall the light that springs from Thee Be ours through all eternity. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Next up in this carnival is a great series of posts from Pastor Snyder at Ask the Pastor. Submission drew the most comments at Ask the Pastor during this past fortnight, beating out snacking and sanctification. Pastor Snyder’s comments on Submission in Marriage began a civil discussion of headship and sex roles in church and society. One of the most misunderstood and poorly taught doctrines in Christendom concerns our holiness. Pastor Snyder tackled the issue as Ask the Pastor answered the question, Sanctification: God’s Work or Man’s?
DM42 has some tip for Making Evolutionists “Go Ape” over at First Person Life. This post lays out the reasoning for the argument that evolution either doesn’t qualify as science or is based on a religious presupposition. The result is that it therefore not appropriate for the science curriculum of our public schools.
Random Thoughts of a Confessional Lutheran brings us Confirmation Part 3. This is another post about why he doesn’t like confirmation, with a comment comparing Confessional Lutherans to Islamic Jihadists!
My contribution to this blog carnival is the posting of a very proud grandson titled, A Famous Lutheran and President Bush.
And now before the last verse I’d like to thank everyone for the great posts. It was a fun carnival to put together. Remember, Lutheran Carnival XXV– Pentecost, will be hosted by Journalistic Jargon. Submissions will be due June 2 and the carnival will be up June 4. Keep up the great blogging!
7. O risen Christ, ascended Lord, All praise to Thee let earth accord, Alleluia! Alleluia! Who art, while endless ages run, With Father and with Spirit One. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
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