A Seminarian’s Letters Home


Carl P. Rabbe The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Carl P. Rabbe
Master of Divinity graduate from The Lutheran Theological Seminary
at Philadelphia
PhD student in Liturgical Studies
at Garrett Theological Seminary
in Evanston, Illinois 

 


November 2015 – A Seminarian’s Letters Home

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To the membership of Circle of Faith Parish: Greetings to you all from Evanston, IL! As I write this, the crops are mostly out. The leaves are their spectacular shades of crimson, gold and orange, but are steadily falling from the trees. Pumpkin spice is slowly giving way to peppermint. We’re in late autumn, the dark of the year, the dying time. November is historically the time when Christians pause to remember those who have gone before us into God’s keeping. It’s the season when churches look ahead to plan for a new year, and figure out...

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October 2015 – A Seminarian’s Letters Home

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To the membership of Circle of Faith Parish: Greetings to you all from Evanston, IL! Welcome to another season of changing leaves, harvesting crops, hunting season, cooler days and longer nights! We are now officially in the fall of the year, and are preparing, as we always do, to celebrate Reformation at the end of October. Meanwhile, of course, it’s harvest time. On October 17, the Church remembers a saint named John the Dwarf. He had a funny name, and a funny story. In the late fourth century, he went to the Egyptian desert to become a...

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September 2015 – A Seminarian’s Letters Home

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To the membership of Circle of Faith Parish: Greetings to you all from Evanston, IL! I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it, but every year, summer seems to go by that much faster! We’ve gotten through another summer of synod assembly, weddings, a different worship schedule, those fantastic Mission on the Prairie gatherings, and over a month of celebrating Holy Communion every week. Now, as the ELCA, we’re moving toward God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday in early September. I think this ties together really well with what we’ve spent the last...

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August 2015 – A Seminarian’s Letters Home

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To the membership of Circle of Faith Parish: Greetings to you all from Evanston, IL! By the time you read this, we’ll be well into the weeks when the lectionary treats us to a bunch of long discourses from John’s Gospel. For basically the next month, we’ll hear Jesus talking about bread week after week. During that time, Circle of Faith will also be celebrating Holy Communion every Sunday. I am so excited that this is happening! If I wanted to be funny, I’d say that we are doing this because we’ll all be so hungry, having heard all this stuff...

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July 2015 – A Seminarian’s Letters Home

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To the membership of Circle of Faith Parish: Greetings to you all from Evanston, IL! First of all, thanks to everyone who came and participated in launching the Mission on the Prairie series! To get 54 people, from churches all over the area, to come for Holden Evening Prayer and a meal on a summer weeknight is no small task. Thanks to everybody who worked to get us off to such a great start! Keep coming – there is more and better stuff to come throughout the summer! Best of all, the food is excellent, and it’s free! Circle of Faith is trying...

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June 2015 – A Seminarian’s Letters Home

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A Seminarian’s Letters Home June 2015 To the membership of Circle of Faith Parish: Greetings to you all from Evanston, IL! Spring is done now, and it’s time to roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! Soon, we’ll be switching, as a parish, to our summer schedule of weddings, Vacation Bible School, synod assembly, and everything else that goes on during the warmer months. One thing I’m very excited about is Circle of Faith’s plan for another adult education series on Wednesday evenings, entitled “Mission on the Prairie”....

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May 2015 – A Seminarian’s Letters Home

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A Seminarian’s Letters Home May 2015 To the membership of Circle of Faith Parish: Greetings to you all from Evanston, IL! The snow has melted, rain is falling, trees are budding out, and spring is definitely here! I’m still reveling in the fantastic Easter Vigil service we celebrated together – to get 95 people involved in different parts of worship, and to have well over 200 people show up on a Saturday night during Holy Week for a service they’d never had the chance to enjoy before – that takes a lot of work! Hats off to everyone who helped...

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April 2015 – A Seminarian’s Letters Home

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APRIL 2015 Seminarian’s Letter Home To the membership of Circle of Faith Parish: Greetings to you all from Evanston, IL! Finally, the snow is melting, temperatures are rising, and the days are getting longer. Spring is here! With spring comes Holy Week, and for the first time as Circle of Faith, our celebration of Holy Week will include the Easter Vigil. It’s something that every Christian needs to experience, the night when heaven and earth, past and present, mingle and meld. It’s different from some worship services that we know, especially...

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March 2015 – A Seminarian’s Letters Home

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MARCH 2015 Seminarian’s Letter Home To the membership of Circle of Faith Parish: Greetings to you all from Evanston, IL! As I write this, it’s bitterly cold outside. But spring is on the way. The days are getting longer now, and eventually they will start to warm up. In the meantime, we get to begin planning our gardens, working on machinery to get it ready for planting, and praying for a safe, healthy growing season ahead, hoping that it will come. During Lent, we as a parish are doing a lot of talking about prayer, specifically the Lord’s...

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February 2015 – A Seminarian’s Letters Home –

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To the membership of Circle of Faith Parish: Greetings to you all from Evanston, IL! Seems like we’re back in familiar territory, doesn’t it? On February 18, we come back to the place from which we try to flee, and to which we always must return – Ash Wednesday, the forty days we call Lent. Try though we may to escape this journey into the wilderness with Christ, we can’t get away from it. And it always starts with those haunting, scary words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” So much for our sharing, our rejoicing,...

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