by Pastor Lou Florio with lots of help and inspiration from Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat and OldLutheran.com
Due to continued requests, I am sharing the following Seuss-like poem about the Reformation. Inspired by Old Lutheran’s 2012 Reformation Party Kit theme (Luther in the hat), our intern, Vicar Nathan Huffman, and I participated in a short skit and then recited this poem. It was all part of our children’s sermon at Messiah Lutheran (Mechanicsville, VA) on Reformation Sunday, October 28, 2012.
The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
The church was adrift.
The pope lost his way.
Though many saw problems,
Others did not.
Forgiveness was sold.
So the people in their houses did nothing at all.
They assumed it was just life,
at least since the Fall.
“Oh, how could this be?”
The people did say.
“It seems oh so wrong…
But in the church we must stay.”
So all they could do was
Sit sit sit sit.
But God did not like it;
not one little bit.
And then something went bump.
How that bump made us jump.
We looked and we saw him
step on the church mat!
We looked and we saw him
– Luther in his old monkish hat!
Knock knock went his hammer
on that old church door
He posted 95 theses
and then wrote much more.
He wrote and he wrote.
Oh what was Luther to do?
The church was so sick. It had spiritual flu.
Luther sat there and pondered, “How can one be saved?
…oh how, how, how, how?”
He studied and read, then it came to his mind
“Grace alone, faith alone, word alone – That’s a new find!”
Well, not really new.
It was as old as the bible.
Jesus called us to be one
And not at all tribal.
We should love with our hearts
And serve with our hands
We should teach about Jesus
And catch fellow-man.
It’s never for credit.
It’s never for pay.
It’s just out of love.
That’s Jesus’ way.
Yes, a Reformation of sorts had truly begun.
Led by God’s Spirit, honoring God’s Son.
But the pope and his friends said,
“No, no, no, make that cat go away.
Tell that Luther in his hat you do not want to play.
He should not be here. He should not be about.
He should not be around while indulgences cast out.”
Yet, it was just far too late.
A new day begun.
The people excited.
To be Lutheran found fun.
Yes, long, long ago
In a place far away
The Reformation did come and decided to stay.
There is no need to bribe God.
No need to hide.
Christ’s cross is enough
and the bible our guide.
Some call us Lutheran, together we’re church,
Sinner-saints all, yet in baptism, given new birth.
“We study and learn, it’s most certainly true!
Together as Lutheran’s we have some fun too.”*
“It’s Fun to be Lutheran, this much we know now.
It’s fun to be Lutheran and I’ll show you how.
Follow me, follow me we’ll have all kinds of fun.
Sing songs and tell stories and dance in the sun.
Follow me, follow me said a cat from the steeple.
We’ll teach and we’ll preach”*
and catch lots of people.
“Look at us! Look at us! Look at us now!
It’s fun to be Lutheran
You just have to know how.” *
Grace, word and faith, we need nothing more.
It’s just such as these that sends us out the church doors.
“It’s fun to be Lutheran
so let others know.
Wear this red and white button
The message will show!”*
(Holding up the OldLutheran.com “Fun to be Lutheran” button. These were shared with those present.)
There is plenty of fun. We won’t use it up.
love your neighbor,
and share in Christ’s cup.
Together, be Christ
Together, we’ll serve.
Stick to Christ in faith,
and try never to swerve.
The Reformation ain’t over.
The church…it is we.
This is most certainly true,
because Christ set us free.
* Indicates quotes from OldLutheran.com
To get your fix of Lutheran fun, be sure to visit http://www.oldlutheran.com – Its “the Center for Lutheran Pride (but not too proud).”
© 2012 The Rev. Louis Florio. All contents not held under another’s copyright may not be used without permission of the author.