My story is not yet complete (by complete I mean officially being
made part of the Orthodox Church). I started out in the Reformed
Church and we soon moved to the Episcopal Church (my step father was
Catholic and this was the church we could all go to). I grew up in
the Episcopal Church. I had a brief stint in the Assemblies of God
church (so I have the whole born again, re-baptized, baptism of the
Holy Spirit experience). Then after my marriage (in the Catholic
Church) my wife and I moved to the Episcopal Church. By now I could
see the theological issues in the Church I loved, and we moved (it
was very painful) to the LCMS.
My interest in Orthodoxy was actually sparked by the Ft Wayne
Seminary where I attended for over a year. In one of my classes we
were "discussing" Fr. Fentons letter stating he was leaving the LCMS
(my apologies Fr Fenton, for this "disscussion"). I began to read
anything I could get my hands on re: the Orthodox Church. I attended
my first service in August of 2007, and have been going every week.
Since September I have received instruction from Fr Anthony and
hopefully soon I will be Chrysimated (though I have learned
that "soon" is not an Orthodox word!!)
For any Lutherans or others (no offence intended on using generic
terms) my advice is if you do attend a Divine Liturgy, go more than
once before prayerfully deciding if it is for you. It is very
different in form from Western Churches (Fr Fenton's Church being
one of the exceptions) and for me it took a couple of times to get
used to the "weirdness".
--- In LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com
, BPeter Brandt-Sorheim
> I was at Seminex, returned to LC-MS, became a pastor
[briefly] in LC-MS and have been Orthodox some 20+ years...without
regret. I still treasure much from my Lutheran background but the
fathers and saints of the Church are somehow more intensely my own
family than before. Welcome. BPeter Brandt-Sorheim
> Dave ©¿©¬ <dnaess@...> wrote:
> I just found this group today.
> I was born into the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
> I was attending Concordia Bronxville during Seminex.
> In addition to the church schism, I survived 2 congregational
> schisms (well survived one and joined a new congregation when
> I saw the second one developing.)
> I had a spiritual experience which did not fit into the box
> of Lutheran mindset and was a seeker for more than 10 years.
> After receiving 6 months of instruction, I was just Chrismated
> a few weeks ago into the Greek Orthodox Church.
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