Patient teaching before introduction of churchly practices is pastoral care that never goes out of style.
Last week's postabout a Matt Harrison presidency and what that would mean for the local parish has led to a helpful exchange between Cantor Phillip Magness of Bethany – Naperville, Illinois and BJS regular "George of Wheaton." The exchange resulted in Magness describing how a "non-traditional Lutheran church" can be slowly and deliberately re-made into a church that practices historic Lutheranism.
The exchange began with this assertion from Magness:
Then "George in Wheaton" asked for clarification.
That led to Cantor Magness describing the slow, deliberate path back to Lutheran normalcy. Cantor Magness has experience with this. He has served in several different congregations where he has refined the worship to better reflect authentic Lutheranism. Here is his response to George which we offer as a primer for pastors, musicians and laity everywhere who are faced with the daunting task of reforming a parish that has lost its Lutheran soul.