Dear Church Family,

A Different Take on an Abbot and Costello Routine

A couple of weeks ago in our sermon from Exodus 16, we read of God’s giving manna to the Israelites in the wilderness. I mentioned that the word “manna” originally meant, “What is it?” I also made the remark that someone ought to write a skit based on the meaning of the word manna, but along the lines of Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s On First”. Well, not long after the sermon, my twelve-year-old daughter, Lydia, presented me with the following:

What is it? by Lydia Dietsch

Man 1: Hey, can I ask you something?
Man 2: Sure.
Man 1: What does “manna” mean?
Man 2: What is it.
Man 1: Manna.
Man 2: What is it.
Man 1: What do you mean, “What is it?” I told you two times. What does “manna” mean?
Man 2: I told you. It means, “What is it!”
Man 1: Uh! You are making no sense! I will just go ask someone else! [Man 1 walks away angrily]
Man 2: [Finds something on the floor and picks it up] Huh…what is it?

It’s always nice to find evidence that your own children are listening during the sermon!

A Different Take on a John Lennon Song

Earlier this year, I wrote about man’s desire to immanentize the eschaton – to bring the final, heaven-like utopia to the present world by their own efforts. By way of illustration, I referenced the song “Imagine” by John Lennon (at the time, I mistakenly referred to it as a “Beatles song”). The title of the sermon this past Sunday, “Imagine All God’s People,” was a twist on a line from that song. In the conclusion of the sermon, I gave my version of the rewritten lyrics of this very popular song. I wrote it to help explain the idea that just as Moses and Jethro stand out as anomalies in the old covenant (Exodus 18:1-12), in the new covenant, Christians are called to be anomalies, as well (Romans 12:1-2). Well, here’s my re-written version of “Imagine.”

Imagine All God’s People

Imagine there’s a Savior; full of grace and love.
His name is Jesus, sent from heav’n above.
Imagine all God’s people, living just for Him.

Imagine there’s a kingdom, one not of this world.
The king became a baby, His mother, a little girl.
Imagine all God’s people, rejoicing in His name.

Imagine all possessions, belonging to your King.
He doesn’t need them, He wants your everything.
Imagine all God’s people, confessing Jesus Christ is Lord.

You may say that I’m a dreamer, But it’s God’s dream too.
Someday, Christ will join us, and the world will be as new.

Like “Santa Baby” which someone requested I sing at the church Christmas party, I won’t sing this one for you either – so don’t ask. However, in lieu of my singing a solo of “Santa Baby” or even my own rewritten rendition of “Imagine,” perhaps you can enjoy my favorite version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” which you can find at this link.

The Lord be with you!
- Pastor Peter M. Dietsch