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Breaking the back-sitting Lutheran

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  1. Avatar Mike Hahn says:

    I’m a life long Lutheran. Spot on humorous article. I don’t understand why we, as Lutheran’s, just don’t put 4 pulpits in the sanctuary. ?

  2. Avatar Rick says:

    We ALWAYS sit in the 2nd pew FROM THE FRONT. We like it there!

  3. Avatar Kim Kanieck says:

    I was very disappointed to get to the last paragraph only to discover your answer to this problem is to project one holographic image around. Really? That’s the solution to this problem? I was really looking for a valid way to change this habit of many Lutherans. This was a waste of time. Next time I’ll have to search a bit harder for the one tiny little word “Satire’ at the bottom of the page, to keep that from happening.

  4. Avatar Tamara Marshall says:

    I was baptized and attened Wisconsin Synod Church and schools. When my husband and I had our son we wanted him to attend a Lutheran School. Which led us to a our church. A Missouri Synod Church and blessing for our family. Growing up my family would sit middle to the back. Unfortunately today I am one who prefers to sit in the back. I have Parkinson’s and my tremor becomes worse at rest. Plus I try to take notes. The last thing I want to do is have my pen fly and hit someone! A bit of humor! I never liked to attract attention. The Lutheran back pew format has been going on for years. I recall my grandparents telling me at one time men and women sat on opposite sides! We have come a long way. I think the most important thing is to see the pews filled. Concerts and Broadway shows are packed and look how people scramble for the front row. I pray that the church will see this kind of attendance.

  5. Avatar Bernadine Beckers says:

    Oh, yes! The motto of the Lutheran church is: “Come early and get a back seat”.

  6. As our congregation ages, many sit up front to hear better.

    1. Avatar Marti Parsons says:

      Amen Mari!! I had to find the best place for my hearing aids and it is second row on the right! Also much more convenient when I read scripture.

  7. Avatar Sandra King says:

    Like all families with small children sat in the back rows. Hubby was usher and sat away from us with the other ushers. When oldest son became upset because he couldn’t see the Baptism one Sunday we allowed him to choose our seats the next Sunday. Of course we were led to the second pew on the right. We have continued to sit there for the last 54 years. (The only worry was would I stand up and sit down at the proper time. 🙂 )

  8. Avatar Gloria says:

    I saw a cartoon recently where the pastor advertised charging stations in the first 3 rows of pews

  9. Avatar Tim says:

    I have noticed this and it never really bothered me. For myself, I just don’t want distraction during the liturgy and minimizing changes helps so we try to keep the same pew or close to it if it’s occupied when we arrive. Also, the other families do the same and we don’t want them to have to look for another place.

    My supposition is that most people stay to the rear because new or visiting members usually sit there and just stay. If they don’t start there and they’re young, they end up there when they have to worry about a newborn crying or a young child misbehaving. My wife and I have commented on how our parishioners seem to creep forward as they age– both to see and hear better and also to make room in the back for families with younger children.

    Much to our surprise, we found our children’s behavior improved markedly when we moved forward and they were able to see over the adults. Their ability to sit still improved just as much when their feet were able to rest on the floor while sitting in the pews.

    What any of that may mean to anyone, I don’t know, but they are all either truthful facts or thoughtful speculation on those facts. Whatever the actual mixture causing this phenomenon, it does amuse us.

  10. Avatar Noah says:

    As a former Southern Baptist who became Confessional Lutheran this year…the “back row baptist” was a very real thing.