The Fourth Synodal Letter, Pages 53 - 55


Saxon church orders. The latter specifically mentions how the Saxon church orders establish the duties of church fathers.
On page 38, paragraph f it also states, "If the church has some wood, the church fathers shall not be permitted to cut it or sell it without the permission of the pastors and superintendents."

Pastor Müller of Freystadt asked for information concerning this. There is our response:

1.) This is used as an example and it is not binding law derived from the old Saxon church order; it merely serves to prove that church fathers do not have full authority in the Lutheran church.

2.) Here we are not discussing pastors, law and interdiction but rather how the word permission is used in the old church orders with regard to Christian counsel and cognisance. Also we are not discussing each tree in the forest but rather permission to cut or sell wood.

Summation:

An individual turns from evil and does good: he seeks peace and pursues it, for the eyes of the Lord look for the righteous man and His ears search out his prayers; but the countenance of the Lord also sees the evil, which men do. 1 Peter 3.

Continue, beloved brothers, to pray for us, that the word of the Lord may flow and be valued as it is with us and that we will be delivered from evil and deceitful men, for faith is not everyone's goal. However the Lord is true and He will fortify us and save us from wickedness.

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End of the Synodal Letter

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Appendix

Overview of the Parochial Report of 1852

Buffalo
Pastor Grabau
New Bergholz
Pastor von Rohr
Martinsville
Pastor Wier
New Walmore
Pastor von Rohr
Births 83 67 32 11
Baptisms 82 65 32 10
Marriages 25 couples 20 couples 4 couples 1 couple
Deaths 90 40 18 7
Excommunicated 17 2 3 0
Taken in 117 7 70 12
Communicants 2132 2818 1411 532
School Children 216 - 230 200 92 46
School Teachers 3 3 1 1
Confirmed 20 22 12 1
Number of Souls
in the congregation
c. 1400 c. 1300 c. 597 c. 220


Humberston
Pastor Schröer
Detroit
Pastor Winkler
Macomb Co.
Pastor Winkler
Freistadt, Wis.
Pastor Müller
Births 21 12 4 15
Baptisms 21 12 4 15
Marriages 1 couple 0 0 5 couples
Deaths 3 9 0 4
Excomminated 1 0 0 3
Taken in 3 0 0 19
Communicants 229 155 48 1077
School Children c. 30 40 15 63
School Teachers 1 0 0 1
Confirmed 7 0 1 7
Number of Souls
in the Congregation
c. 288 c. 120 c. 120 c. 378


Watertown, Wis.
Pastor Kindermann
Cedarburg, Wis.
Pastor Kindermann
Newark
Pastor Maschop
Births 4 7 26
Baptisms 4 6 26
Marriages 2 couples 0 15 couples
Deaths 0 3 8
Excommunicated 0 0 0
Taken in 7 5 27
Communicants 130 94 256
School Children c. 16 25 57
School Teachers 1 1 0
Confirmed 4 0 3
Number of Souls
in the Congregation
c. 84 c. 78 -


Eden
Pastor Lange
Kirchhayn, Wis.
Pastor Kindermann
Births 1 27
Baptisms 1 27
Marriages 0 3 couples
Deaths 0 9



Eden
Pastor Lange
Kirchhayn, Wis.
Pastor Kindermann
Excommunicated 0 0
Taken in 0 29
Communicants 121 896
School Children 19 72
School Teachers 0 1
Confirmed 2 10
Number of Souls
in the Congregation
89 456


This is the end of The Fourth Synodal Letter - Completed September 3, 2007


Copy of text provided by the A. R. Wentz Library, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA

Imaging and Translation by Susan Kriegbaum-Hanks