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Pig in a poke.

Dear editor,

According to Rev. Peter Mikelic (New worship book is respectful of diversity; April issue), the Canadian response to the new Lutheran worship book Evangelical Lutheran Worship "has been overwhelmingly positive." He describes a "99.9 percent approval" received at the 2005 National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. There was no ballot vote (delegates voted with a show of coloured cards) so, how did Mr. Mikelic come up with a "99.9 percent approval"? Even so, one must also question how many of those who voted actually had examined the contents of the new worship book. If indeed they voted without ever having examined the book, then they bought a pig in a poke.

Many in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), where the project was initiated, have taken a closer look at the book. In an article posted at the Word Alone's Web site, Pastor Erma Wolf notes that most of the psalms appearing in the new worship book have been amended to remove all "offensive" masculine pronouns for God, and she asks, "By what authority does the ELCA rewrite Scripture?"

It would be prudent to apply the ancient doctrine of caveat emptor (let the buyer beware).

Ron Voss

Cochrane, Alta.
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Voss, Ron
Publication:Anglican Journal
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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