Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday in Easter Week- Rolf Schey

We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

This is the day of the funeral of my beloved uncle, Rolf Schey, who passed away just 19 days after the death of his dear wife, my godmother, Helga.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Collect for Easter

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.  Amen.


'Christ ist erstanden'

BWV 627

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

Saturday, April 23, 2011


more Tallis

music of Thomas Tallis

Ave Verum Corpus

Sicut Cervus

Holy Saturday

O God, Creator of Heaven and Earth:  Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.  Amen.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

'You Can't Be Serious!'

The Missouri Synod in Minnesota is seriously considering closing the University of Minnesota Lutheran Church. TBH and I visited there when we moved back to Minnesota and considered becoming members there. This congregation is well-respected by Lutherans throughout the area.

Incredible. Just incredible.

Monday, April 18, 2011

'Friends Who Pray Together......'

The current issue of The Wilson Quarterly has arrived. My eye was caught by a summary of an article from the December 2010 American Sociological Review by Chaeyon Lim and Robert D. Putnam titled "Religion, Social Networks, and Life Satisfaction."

The subject of the article is that religion makes people happy.  The researchers reports that "nearly 30 percent of the people who attend religious services report extreme happiness with their lives, compared with less than 20 percent of those who steer clear of religious institutions."

Why?  The researchers' conclusion is that "Churchgoers are happier because of the friends they make in the pews."

"People who have close friends from their congregations are more likely to be happy than those who have the same number of close friends through nonreligious affiliations."

What about faith and belief in God?  "Any evidence that  belief in God by itself leads to happiness is weak and inconsistent."

"What really seems to make people happy is the sense of belonging that comes from a combination of religious identity and religious friends."

The researchers conclude that "it is neither faith nor communities, per se, that are important, but communities of faith.  For life satisfaction, praying together seems to be better than either bowling together or praying alone."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

'Der Lieben Sonne Licht und Pracht'-music in memory of Helga Schey

The Norwegian hymn 'Jeg gaar if Fare, hvor jeg gaar' [I Walk in Danger All the Way] was chosen by Helga for her funeral.  See The Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, #252.  I think that Helga would have liked this video.

'O God Our Help in Ages Past'`from Helga's funeral

See Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, #160

Sunday, April 10, 2011

More music in memory of Helga Schey

.  The hymn 'Ein Lammelein geht und tragt die Schuld' may be found in The Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, #331.

'Christus, der ist mein leben'

Aunt Helga was very familiar with this fine Lutheran hymn. 'For Me To Live Is Jesus' is to be found in The Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, #473.

What God Ordains Is Always Good -Pachelbel

The hymn 'Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan' was well know by Aunt Helga.  See The Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, #519 for the text.

Music in memory of my godmother

A familiar Norwegian Lutheran funeral hymn, 'I Know of a Sleep in Jesus Name,'  is also sung to this melody.  See The Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, #525.

My godmother Helga Schey has passed away-Blessed be her memory

Helga Marie Schey
May 1st, 1920 - April 9th, 2011
1:00PM to 2:00PM on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at Saude Lutheran Church 
2:00PM at Saude Lutheran Church on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 

Helga Marie Schey age 90 of Brooklyn Park, MN, formerly of Saude died Saturday, April 9, 2011, in Brooklyn Park.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Saude Lutheran Church, rural Lawler, with Pastor Bruce Larson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

Helga was born May 1, 1920, in Gresham, Wisconsin, the daughter of Anna Brue and Rev. Helge M. Tjernagel. Helga grew up in the parishes of Gresham, Wisconsin and Saude, Iowa, where her mother died in 1924, and her father in 1940. Her aunt, Bertha Tjernagel, cared for the family after her mother's death.

She attended Bethany Lutheran High School in Mankato, taught piano in St. Peter, Minnesota, and moved to Chicago, where she attended business school. While playing the organ at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Chicago she met Rolf who was the choir director, and they married June 12, 1948. They made their home and raised six children on the Fox River near Chicago.

Helga was a pianist as well as wonderful wife and mother, renowned for her hospitality, her empathy and love for others, her intelligence, her faith, musical talent and unfailing wit.

Survivor include her husband of 62 years, Rolf Schey; sister, Bea Tjernagel; six children; Gregg Schey, Aline (Larry) Tyler, Inez (John) Bergquist , Stephen Schey, Rev. Bernard (Inge) Schey, Constance Schey; six grandsons, Timothy (Karalynn) Tyler, Ben Tyler, David Tyler; Jim (Krista) Bergquist, Steve Bergquist; and Bjorn Schey. Six great grandchildren; Anna and Owen Tyler; and Kaylynn, Gavin, Lilian and James Bergquist.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Neelak, Olivia, Rolf, Lars, Elna, and Borghild.
Saude Lutheran Cemetery
2940 Stevens Trail
Lawler, IA 52154

[this obituary from  Hugeback and Chenoweth]

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at King of Grace Lutheran Church in Golden Valley MN.   

Sunday, April 3, 2011

'Thieves in the Temple'

I have been taking advantage of Border's Books bankruptcy sale.  I recently bought a pile of books at 90% off retail.  One of these titles is G. Jeffrey MacDonald's   'Thieves in the Temple  The Christian Church and the Selling of the American Soul.'

MacDonald writes about the absorption of the values of the American consumption community  into religion.  This is not a new observation, certainly.  The book is a good read.

I had to remove some books from my shelf to make room for these new acquisitions.  I gave my copies of  The Lutheran Study Bible (C) and (A) and Walther's Law and Gospel to a pastor that I know. I realized that I would probably never read these books again and they were taking up valuable shelf space

This pastor's library had taken a hit when  the  church building suffered a roof collapse during the winter hence the recycling.

Studying the Bible in Minnesota