Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Ben Cieslik, one of the pastors at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis, spent the morning driving around looking for signs all over the Twin Cities. He's pretty techie and whipped up this video to pass around.
Thanks to all who shared their stories and pictures. It's fun to hear about this experiment in different contexts. It's hopeful that so many were glad to see us. It's exciting to know that Lutherans can do something this organic even though we're spread out all over the place.
Keep "going public" with your faith. Laugh at yourself when discipleship is awkward. Invite others to believe that hope rises up in the most unlikely places. Stuff like this makes me glad for our Lutheran identity and the mission we share as members of Christ's whole body.
This is the last post I expect to make on this blog, but I'll keep it active for awhile.
What wonderful memories and bread for the journey!
On Sunday, September 11 the Sunday school kids made signs and had a parade around the church in celebration of the things they believe. So many congregations found unique ways to connect Saturday to Sunday morning worship. Great idea!
It's fun to see pictures of people on busy streets in big cities and rural country roads in small towns. No matter where people held signs, they were smiling and waving and getting a few honks. Here's the word from Hutchinson. Enjoy!
It was a hoot. Hutchinson is a town full of churches. We got honks, embarrassed looks, waves and smiles. We got one heckler, which was awful, but they sped away quickly. I had everyone make signs on the Sunday Jesus asks Peter, "Who do you say that I am?" A few were made Saturday morning, too. People were nervous and excited. It was fun and galvanizing for our new community.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
As people were driving through the fog in Urbana, OH this morning, they saw: "I believe there is a God that REALLY DOES care about us", "I believe we can overcome all of our differences in a non-violent manner", "I believe Jesus is a pacifist", "I believe all lives are precious: including those on Death Row, Illegal Aliens, the unemployed, people who use public assistance, our enemies, those who hate us, and YOU!" among other beliefs. - Michael Poole
God believes in everyone ,,,, but not everyone believes in God .... and God knows that and still loves them ,,,, someday they will believe ....just sometimes people take the long way around ,,,, and there is always a reason for everything ...Don't be scared God is there.....!!!!! - Angie Smedsrude
Thanks for starting the ball rolling on sharing our faith in the public square. Our group was surprised by how much "fun" it was! Noah counted the cars who honked in a half hour (25). Lots of waves from people who passed by, and we will do it again. - Bonnie Wilcox
Just 3 of us from St. Peter Lutheran in Prairie du Chien, WI....but who knows what seeds God planted today?!?! - Susan Onken Van Metre
11 of us in Victoria, TX from First English Evangelical Lutheran got together in the Texas heat! It was great! Lots of honking horns and one woman brought us some canned goods to donate to the needy. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to live our faith! - Pat Rickman
At the WV bicycling time trial in Rowlesburg, WV today. The shirt even led to some interesting discussion with folks. - Brian Bennett
In Milwaukee, WI, on the edge of the Marquette U campus, and in the poorest of the zip codes in the city. The *best* pictures would have been the looks on people's faces when they realized we were offering the lemonade AND a quarter--no catch! Our attempt to "show" what we believe about grace. Wonderful morning. - Lisa Bates-Froiland
In Rochelle, IL, we had about ten of us out. One random Facebook comment thought someone was protesting. The only negative was a mother and daughter who both gave us two thumbs down. - Steven Dow
Some have posted videos on the Facebook site. Send me the you tube link and I'll add it this week...or add it in a comment on this post yourself.