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One reader (Thanks, Harold L!) pointed out the website of Faith Lutheran Church in Geneva, IL (NID, LCMS), that has some odd things on it such as Faith Healings, Contemporary Worship, and a Pastor’s Wife as Worship Leader. As another commentator replied, this represents a “new way of doing church” that is not Lutheran.
Found on Testimonies:
The Worship leader gave a word about dancing for joy before the Lord. My knee was hurting for months after a bad fall. I was in pain but felt like I should dance a little. As I started to dance the pain went away and I have still have no pain two weeks later.
More faith healings by Pastor’s Wife, worship leader Dawn Okpisz (her email address is “earlydawnministries” is found on a Women’s Retreat in 2007:
God led me to pray over someone who was out under the power of the Spirit on the floor. After awhile (in a VERY QUIET room) she burst out with uncontrollable laughter. God continued to have me pray for her. Eventually she tried to get up with several of us assisting her. The weight of the glory was still on her and she struggled. I heard God ask, “Are you sure you want to get up?” So I asked, “Are you sure you want to get up?” to which she responded, “That’s what God just said to me,” and BAM…we both hit the floor.
Their definition of Worship evidently includes dancing in the chancel:
We gather to worship Jesus as our Savior, Lord and King. This brings out of our hearts a great desire to celebrate all that God is doing in our lives. So we have come to worship God with great energy. We don’t hold anything back that will bring God glory.
Our worship is all contemporary music lead by a praise band and singers. We have the words on screens so our hands are free to worship. We worship by standing, singing, clapping, raising our hands, waving flags. We do this because we are excited about God and his love. Our worship is heart-felt, vibrant and never boring. Kids and adults love to worship at Faith.
I’m sure you can look around their site and find other very unLutheran things that are happening in churches in our Synod.
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