A Christmas Wish (Prayer) List

A Wish List in no particular order:

  • Men and women would consider the Word of God once again as authoritative and efficacious
  • Preachers would remain preachers, and hearers remain hearers (stop the spiritual abuse)
  • Pastors take the Word seriously which says that great harm can come from wrongfully communing
  • Pastors would take seriously the confession of others by their church membership (let the special cases of pastoral care and concern be indeed “rare”)
  • Pastors would stop being islands unto themselves, acting as though their actions didn’t affect their congregation, circuit, district, and Synod
  • Pastors would view their God-given task as the care of souls using the tools that God has given
  • Men would be men, women would be women, children would be a blessing in all situations
  • All would strive to restore and maintain a pure Gospel, and then strive to support its spread in this world
  • Missionaries would be men who are called and ordained to be so – spreading the kingdom of God through Word and Sacrament, and all Christians would seek to do works of love for their neighbor (at home and abroad)
  • Christians would realize the great blessing and comfort of private absolution and seek out the blessing and comfort from their pastors
  • For that matter, restore the Office of the keys in the Church
  • That uniformity would would once again be something for which to strive
  • That the liturgy would be seen as a cradle constructed out of the Word of God which exists to deliver the divinely instituted means of grace to poor sinners who need them
  • That our worship practices would not cater to the Old Adam and his love for entertainment but instead encourage proper piety and the right reception of the means of grace
  • That everyone would take serious the divisions within Christianity and deal with them with integrity, not overlooking them for the sake of having a fake, worldly fellowship
  • That Christ’s prayer for the Unity of His Church would become more visible in our world today (how about a restoration of the Synodical Conference for a start)

OR to sum it all up – Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

God grant these things to His Church – Lord have mercy.

Feel free to add as you like

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

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A Christmas Wish (Prayer) List — 22 Comments

  1. Interesting – Not quite the instructions of Christ in the Lord’s Prayer, but it must fit in there somewhere. :>)

  2. seems like the writer would like al pastors to be pastors of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod so that they would be legit…

  3. @sig arnesen #3
    Sorry if my wish list gives such a meaning (I do write as a Missouri Synod pastor desiring repentance in the Missouri Synod) – what makes a pastor legitimate is the divine call recognized publicly through ordination. There are many Lutheran pastors who are legitimate and have never been visibly related to or connected with the LCMS.

  4. @Pastor Joshua Scheer #4
    what makes a pastor legitimate is the divine call recognized publicly through ordination.

    By that definition, my cousin’s daughter-in-law would be a “legitimate” pastor!

    I don’t think that’s what you meant. ?

  5. @Helen #5

    I thought it would be just understood women would be excluded from legitimacy.
    It hasn’t been given to them to be pastors, so there is no way for it to become legitimate

  6. A call is not a valid call if it violates God’s Word. Nevertheless, call and ordination is the “rightly ordered call” of the AC.

  7. Oi…straining at a gnat…or something like that…my “wish” is that God’s people-LCMS< ELCA etc. etc. would work for justice and peace among their world-wide neighbors…..without arrogance!

  8. @Pastor Joshua Scheer #6
    I thought it would be just understood women would be excluded from legitimacy.

    It’s understood by me, but be aware, when you write, that not everyone who reads here is LCMS (or Lutheran) and even within LCMS there are those who would seize upon your definition and interpret it as I suggested.

  9. @Pastor Joshua Scheer #10

    That’s why the clarification of those “men” is most helpful. We Confessional brothers and sisters understand “those” as men. But, seeing that we are both clear and thankfully not politically correct, we can unashamedly speak of “those men” as being called and ordained. Sorry if I get to diagnostic of a simple word or phrase but just offering my own denarii worth in agreement with yall.

  10. Rev. Walther:

    A call is not a valid call if it violates God’s Word. Nevertheless, call and ordination is the “rightly ordered call” of the AC.

    Rev. Walter, the Lutheran understanding of the relationship between the call and the ordination is explained in Walther’s Thesis VI on the Ministry. It is explained further in quotes from Chemnitz and Gerhard given in comments on April 12, 2010 at 8:48pm and on April 14, 2010 at 7:20am in your WT group discussion, “What Walther Really Said.”

    Oh wait… those comments seem to have been inexplicably purged from your group discussion even though references to them remain in the group comments. But don’t worry; those purged comments can still be found in Posts No. 15 and 16 in the blog,
    Repost of comments from what Walther really said.”

  11. “That our worship practices would not cater to the Old Adam and his love for entertainment but instead encourage proper piety and the right reception of the means of grace”

    would this exclude King David because of the way he worshipped and rejoiced before the ark?
    🙂

  12. “Men and women would consider the Word of God once again as authoritative and efficacious”

    How blessedly wonderful to see that someone is willing to mention the Word of God as being efficacious! Thank you!

  13. @Stefan #15
    2 Samuel 6 is an interesting chapter isn’t it? Clearly the dancing of David in the scandalous vestments was not catering to the Old Adam, but it did cause questions of proper piety didn’t it?

  14. @Pastor Joshua Scheer #17

    Hi 🙂

    I presume by proper piety you are referring to what happened to Uzzah? Was that impiety or incorrect protocol?

    But just prior to that it is told that not only David but all the house of Israel was making merry before the Lord using also lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals – later on they were shouting and blowing the horn.

    I may be wrong here, not being Lutheran, but do Lutherans not disapprove of anything but piano or organs? and would Lutherans not disapprove of making merry, dancing and using the aforementioned instruments in church meetings?

    David – old Adam – are you saying David was born again?

  15. Might I suggest that David was leading a procession, not dancing “in church”.

    The temple had its musicians and its songs, some of which we use.
    The piano, though it may not be too evident, is a stringed instrument.
    Lutherans use brass, woodwind and bell choirs, if they can afford them and have the personnel to play.

  16. @Helen #19
    You might suggest it 🙂

    Might I suggest that to try compartmentalise life into places ‘before God’ and places ‘not before God’ is not a good idea.

    Ah, I am glad to hear that other instruments are utilised – I was really under the impression that they were not permitted. Thank you for clearing that up.

    🙂

  17. @Stefan #18
    Uzzah demonstrated both improper piety and protocol which was born from lack of faith.
    The other improper piety was the daughter of Saul who hated David and immediately made fun of him.

    I think Helen answered the instrumental question. A lot of disagreement about instruments is not which ones but how they are used in worship. As far as dancing goes, I haven’t seen it in Lutheran Churches in America. We do have times of movement related to worship however. Again, the issue may not be the dancing, but how it is used in worship.

    Ever so important in Lutheran Worship is to maintain that it is “Divine Service” emphasizing first and foremost God’s actions for us (Sacramental- God doing things for us). In response to this is the sacrificial aspect (singing and so forth). In some styles of worship, the sacramental can be pushed to the secondary while the sacrificial becomes the primary – it is a sinful perversion but quite a common one. Man’s work emphasized over God’s work. At that point we are worshiping the creature rather than the Creator.

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