What a blessing! Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s message hit home with me. As I read “The laborers in the vineyard” (August 2017), I realized my thoughts, at first, were exactly as hers were. But as I read on, it was like a light bulb going off in my head! What she went on to say made complete sense! What a blessing! I pray others were as enlightened as I. Patti Hall Ogden, Utah

Reformation 500 series This is an interesting series. Larry D Wolfgang

Very interesting views of Martin Luther [that] I did not know. Florence Bright

Not only interesting, but shaped our faith .… Jude Segraves Lewis

Enlightening and faith-sustaining article. Sandra Lee

Deserving readers’ attention Certainly, Pastor Frank Honeycutt is correct in his article titled “Thirty seconds of silence” (August 2017). His concerns about proper confession prior to communion are well taken. The silence required may be enough, but maybe not. … I wonder if a real review of the Ten Commandments and the explanation once required of confirmation students would ready parishioners in a more meaningful way. … It should be a worry or prayer from each of us that “lots of exclamation … and [that] no real encounter … eventually sends many toward the exits, looking elsewhere for meaning, a chance for repentance and grace.” Honeycutt deserves the readers’ attention. M.L. Olson River Falls, Wis.

On the cover Kelly “Glow” Williams, this month’s “I’m a Lutheran.” Photo by B. Eng Art & Photography.

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Confession and absolution Honeycutt’s article in the August issue addressed, for me, the most important part of a worship service: the confession and absolution. … The 30 seconds of silence really offers a time to actually reflect on the words that were spoken. I also like the suggestion that after the absolution the pastor briefly declare/explain what has actually happened during this confession and absolution. Karl Petzinger Columbus, Ohio

Finally adjusting As an elderly person, I am finally adjusting to the new name and format of our magazine. There are many changes I appreciate, including Honeycutt’s thought-provoking comments, the informative and entertaining Reformation 500, Eaton’s down-to-earth messages and the general “theme” of each issue. Margaret Amo Grinnell, Iowa

Engaging our spirit A note to tell you that we writers out here have noticed the quality and variety of writing in the magazine. Definitely beyond the bounds of ordinary journalistic styles. And thus engaging of our spirits! Keep at this emphasis on writing-to-spirits and see it as part of your ministry! Bob Sitze Wheaton, Ill.

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