Henry Gerecke is not a household name; yet he had one of the most significant callings in the history of the church. He was the chaplain to 21 Nazi war criminals during the Nuremberg Trials, and shepherded five of the most notorious Nazis to the gallows. Gerecke was a Lutheran pastor from Missouri who was fluent in German. He volunteered to serve in the Army in 1943 when the military was desperate for men to serve in that capacity. His wartime duties took him to Dachau where he was able to witness the Nazi atrocities. At the time he was unaware of his future role.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Dean Feldmeyer Mary Austin Christopher Keating Ron Love George Reed Thomas Willadsen Bethany Peerbolte
Sooner or later we are all called upon to be leaders. Introverts or extroverts, it doesn’t matter. Some of us gravitate naturally into leadership positions; others flee as fast as we can run. But, eventually, the need to lead catches up with all of us.
And the rules of good leadership apply whether we are leading a church, a billion-dollar multi-national corporation, a country, a baseball team, or a first grade Sunday school class.
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.