Rejoice and Be Glad: Christoph Graupner Cantatas — 2019/01/31

Dr. Bruce Carvell, Artistic Director of the Collegium Vocale of St. Louis, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the upcoming “Rejoice and Be Glad!: Four Sacred Cantatas by Christoph Graupner,” a concert of Baroque sacred music on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Bruce Carvell will give an introductory lecture at 2:30 p.m. to provide greater context and insight into Graupner and his music. The concert will be performed at Concordia Lutheran Church, 505 S. Kirkwood Road, 63122. Learn more about the Collegium Vocale at collegiumvocaleofsaintlouis.org and find the concert Facebook event at facebook.com/events/2166032963648935.

Learning Truth about Creation — 2019/01/31

Rev. Warren Woerth, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Arnold, Missouri, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about why creation education is so important for people of all ages and to preview upcoming creation education events in Missouri. Events mentioned are:

“Creation Truth Conference” sponsored by Missouri Association for Creation. Friday, March 1 – Saturday, March 2 at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Find details and register at mocreation.org/TruthConf.

“The Alternative: Creation’s Competitive Edge” presented by Dr. Robert Carter at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Arnold, MO on March 3 at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Carter is a PhD Marine Biologist and speaker for Creation Ministries whose current focus is analyzing and determining the implications of DNA data gleaned from genome mapping databases. Find details at creation.com/events/us/181204251440537380018O.

“Thousands not Billions: How Old is the Earth?” 2019 Society of Creation Conference. Friday, June 14 – Saturday June 15 at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis, MO. Find details and register at societyofcreation.org/conferences.php.

National Lutheran Schools Week: Metro East Lutheran High School — 2019/01/30

Students Joshua and Taylor along with Assistant Principal Rob Stock from Metro East Lutheran High School join Andy to talk about their school and what they love about it during National Lutheran Schools Week. Learn more about MELHS at melhs.org.

Learn about National Lutheran Schools Week festivities at lcms.org/lutheranschoolsweek.

Even the Sparrow Finds a Home — 2019/01/30

Rev. Mark Birkholz, pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about his interest in bird watching, how to get started in bird watching, and how bird watching gives him an appreciation for our Creator.

National Lutheran Schools Week: Christ Community Lutheran School — 2019/01/29

Mr. Spangler and students Sophia, Kennedy, and Mason from Christ Community Lutheran School in Kirkwood, Missouri, join Andy to talk about their school and what they love about it during National Lutheran Schools Week. Learn more about CCLS at ccls-stlouis.org.

Learn about National Lutheran Schools Week festivities at lcms.org/lutheranschoolsweek.

Serving the Under-Served in Houston — 2019/01/29

Rev. Vince Parks— Executive Director of LINC, and Rev. Lonnie Gonzalez— City Director of LINC Houston, join Sarah to talk about LINC and LINC Houston, the unique needs of the people in Houston, and how LINC makes a difference in each community it serves. Learn more about LINC Houston at linchouston.org.

Scary Monsters and Other Friends

“Tessie Mara Favor! Don’t make your Daddy and me come in there one more time tonight!”

The little girl pulled the sheet and blanket up over her head and closed her eyes tightly. “No ma’am, Mama. I’m asleep.”

Mama spoke more gently. “We checked in the closet and under the bed. We used the flashlight to see in all the shadowy places. You’re safe. Nothing bad is here.”

But Tessie could hear the giant spider walking across the ceiling. Its really big mouth scared her. It had huge brown things on the side of the mouth that made clicking noises when it ate one of the ghosts or fairies that got too close to it.

It’s eight eyes were too scary to look at.

Huntsman spider Olios giganteus eating crane flies
Huntsman spider Olios giganteus eating crane flies

Still, sometimes, even with her eyes closed she could see it. It wanted her to see it and be afraid.

She hugged her stuffed horse more tightly. “Pedro,” she whispered, “what can I do to make it go away?”

Pedro didn’t say anything, again.

Tessie made herself be very still. She breathed slowly and quietly. She thought happy thoughts to Pedro about playing outside in the sunshine. He thought happy thoughts to her, his white body with red polkadots becoming softer and more oval as he became a real horse.

After a while, she opened her eyes. She didn’t know whether she was sad or mad. It was still there.

She looked at the giant spider and asked, “Who are you?”

A lovely voice answered, “Why, thank you for asking. I’m Olivia. Most of my children have the same name, ‘Olios giganteus’. I and my children are definitely hunters, but we aren’t interested in you. Your kind aren’t tasty to us.”

“Olivia?” whispered Tessa, “Why do you seem so scary?”

Olivia thought for a minute and said, “I don’t really know. Why do you look so scary to me and my children?”

Tessa gasped. “I look scary to you?”

“Yes, indeed! Remember last August when you scared my daughter? Olios was in a cardboard box in the garage. After you disturbed her, she took cover under the truck. She was brown, and was probably 2 inches wide. She has a lovely eyes and darker brown chelicerae that are quite large.”

“I remember,” said Tessa. “She ran very fast and got very flat and got away.”

“Yes,” said Olivia. “I’m very proud of her. She has many beautiful children of her own, now.”

Tessa whispered, “I’m glad she got away. We were trying to kill her.”

“I know. Your kind doesn’t like what it doesn’t understand.”

The little girl thought about that for a minute. “You might be right. Can I ask a different question?”

“Of course,” said Olivia.

“Why are you eating ghosts and fairies?” Tessa moved closer to really look at the spider. “You are kind of a pretty brown and you look kind of soft.”

“Thank you,” Olivia laughed with surprise. “We all have to eat something. You thought they were ghosts and fairies, but they were just my usual fare, mostly flies and mosquitoes.”

“Why did it look like you were eating fairies?”

“You are still learning to see. It takes a while to learn to recognize what you are actually looking at. While it is just a part of growing, most of your kind take it too far. You stop seeing the wonder of life and can only see what is useful to you for now.”

“Is that why my parents can’t see or hear what I hear?”

“Yes, indeed.”

Tessa yawned. “Pedro, I want you to meet my friend, Olivia. Olivia, do you know Pedro? He doesn’t say much.”

“Yes,” said the spider. “We are old friends.”

“I feel sleepy,” said the little girl. “Will you stay and keep with scary monsters away?”

“Maybe for you tonight, I will,” said Olivia. “Maybe some of the scary monsters will also turn out to be friends someday.”


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Here is the best part of the fun! It’s the list of everyone else participating in the Storytime Blog Hop:

link to story time blog hop
Storytime Blog Hop

Morning Has Broken, by Katharina Gerlach

Good Honest Work, by Chris Wight

Bad For Business, by Gina Fabio

The Last Friday, by Raven O’Fiernan

Lost And Found, by Angela Wooldridge

Bia Trevi’s Worldly Eats, by Barbara Lund

Hunting Bob, Vanessa Wells

Don’t Drink The Water, by Juneta Key

Duty, Elizabeth McCleary

The Footnote, Karen Lynn

The Monster Under The Bed, by Nic Steven

Field Trip to the UFO Museum, by Bill Bush

 

Remember, you can join the fun next time around. The next Blog Hop happens in April. Stretch your creativity and writing muscles. Get out of your comfort zone. The rules are here.

Reflections & Conversations from the March for Life — 2019/01/28

The Coffee Hour went on the road to the 2019 March for Life in Washington, D.C.! In this episode, Sarah Gulseth presents reflections and conversations from her time at the March, including conversations with the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison— President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; the Rev. Dr. Al Espinosa— senior pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Irvine, California; the Rev. Michael Salemink— Executive Director of Lutherans for Life; the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz— Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty; and Jeaneen Wyly— teacher at Lutheran High School Westland in Westland, Michigan.

Music at St. Paul’s: Organ Recital — 2019/01/25

Dr. Tom Mueller— Assistant Professor of Church Music and University Organist at Concordia University Irvine, California, and Dr. Mark Bender— Minister of Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Missouri, join Sarah to talk about Dr. Mueller’s upcoming organ concert on Sunday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. for the Music at St. Paul’s Series. Special cameras will show the organ console during the concert so you can watch his playing! Learn more about this concert and the MASP series at facebook.com/MASP12345.

You Get to Serve — 2019/01/25

David Fiala, DCE, Assistant Director of Missionary Recruitment for the LCMS Office of International Mission, joins Sarah to talk about the current needs for missionary recruitment (looking at you, Lutheran accountants and project managers), and what the process is for becoming a missionary. Learn more and start your application at lcms.org/serve.