I woke up bright and early Saturday and went to a Small Catechism class at Ebeneezer's Restaurant. What a neat little Irish place that is! It had been awhile since I'd eaten there. Last year it was damaged during the flood, but they have done a wonderful job of re-doing the place with it's tin ceilings, lamps and mirrors.
We are studying this book with Pastor Pancoast as our leader.
The book is available at this website. http://store.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/5185/Study-of-Luther-Small-Catechism-Participant
Here is a link to Luther's Small Catechism it if anyone in interested. http://bookofconcord.org/smallcatechism.php
I've wanted to study the Small Catechism again for quite awhile now. Autumn will soon be in confirmation and I feel I should brush up a bit.
I did study a little bit of the Small Catechism during my confirmation years in Jr. High, but that was a long time ago and to be honest, I was at that awkward age where Lutheranism meant very little to me.
|My home church. My father took this picture early in the morning. The sun is shining right on the face of Jesus in the big stain glass window.|
So, why do I feel the need to participate in this particular Small Catecism study?
Is it because of the good company? No, even thought this group is a very cool, funny, and interesting group of people, that's not why I'm there.
Is it to win brownie points with God? No
Do I feel my salvation hinges upon it? No, because "There is nothing we can do".
Then why on earth do I get out of bed at the crack of 0-dark-hundred, on a Saturday morning, to go?
Because I want to learn it inside and out! Luther's Small Catechism is the basic fundamentals of what Lutherans believe. Every Lutheran should know it and know it well! I want to be able to teach it with confidence to my daughter because I want her to know it well. And I want someone to sit across the table from me and explain to me, in plain english, so that I understand it completely. And I want to do all of this while eating hashbrowns, eggs and toast 'cause that's just how I roll.
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