These have been a problem from beginning of the LCMS. The last flare-up was District President Behnke around 9/11. When I saw Newtown I was wondering if we’d see another. I just received a notice from the Synodical President’s office. Here is his letter (with his ruling) in regards to the Newton pastor’s actions. Here is the pastor’s letter.
I’ll let you read each. If you have any questions, concern or discussion we can talk about this in bible class or just give me ring.
The only new ground here that I found interesting is President Harrison’s definition of worship – the presence of prayers and religious readings. That moves the needle considerably toward the Wisconsin Synod definition in regards to prayer fellowship.