Monday, June 23, 2008

Day 6: Lutherans and Wild Game

We went to the Lutheran Church on Sunday with our friends Jon and Jess. It was Missouri Synod, so it is pretty conservative.

They have a "closed" communion. You have to pass an interview with the pastor before you can receive communion there. That felt pretty wierd to just sit there when it was time for communion. (I decided not to try to pass the test before church.)

Also, the service followed through a set service that took up about 20 pages in a hymn book. There were lots of responsive readings or responsive singings. For example, the pastor said, "The Lord be with you." And the people sang a response in a kind of chant, "And also with your Spirit."

It was interesting, but it felt a little like walking into a different world. I guess that's how most people feel when they go to a different style of church for the first time, and even more so when they go to church for the first time.

In the afternoon, I read through 96 comments on a post about Nazarenes and alcohol. If you have a few hours, you can read them here.

For lunch we enjoyed a classic American Sunday lunch: pot roast, potatoes, carrots, and a jello salad. Once again, we enjoyed American beef, and so far nobody's crazy.

Later that night, Jon introduced us to some pretty cool snacks. He had some extremely tender jerkey made from wild snow goose and some summer sausage made from deer. Both of these were the result of his uncle's hunting. I really enjoyed both of them - not going to get those in Korea!
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