Reflections at Blue Point

Sophie Scholl-Another Great Movie available on DVD to rent or purchase

This movie, Sophie Scholl, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for best foreign picture. It is a true story about a group of young people in Hitler's Germany in 1942-43, who formed a group called the White Rose, and who sought to change public opinion about the way things were going at the time. Two characters are central, Sophie and Hans Scholl, two students at the University in Munich. They work together with others to seek to inform the public about the war (especially the diaster at the Eastern Front), about the government's acts of Euthanasia of the infirm and mentally ill, and a number of other things.

This brother, Hans, and sister, Sophie, were arrested for distributing this information and within 6 days were executed. The movie gives a wonderful picture of the bravery and commmitment of these Christian young people, during the last 6 days of their lives. It gives a wonderful picture of the Christian vocation of responsible citizen, even in the midst of danger and threat of death. The movie is a German movie, so you will need to read subtitles, but the effort is worth it!

Interesting new movie-Children of Men

There is a new movie coming out, based on a novel by PD James, Children of Men. At this time in which we are celebrating the nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the premise of this story is what happens to a group of people who have lost the ability to procreate. The movie has had some rather positive reviews, although, being R rated it is not for children.

Mark Steyn, author of the provocative book-
America Alone, writes about it in his article in the Chicago Sun Times. Christianity Today also gives it a thorough review. Just some interesting reading and viewing for the new year.

A Note from our Deaconess Field Worker-Tessa Reed

Is deaconess ministry new or has it been in existence for some time? What do you think? If you guessed the latter, you would be correct; it is nothing new under the sun. Therefore, before explaining what deaconess ministry is in the present time, it would be best to give a brief history of diakonia, the Greek word for service or ministry.

At the seminary last quarter, we deaconess students were required to take Foundations of Deaconess Ministry, a history class on diakonia, giving us deaconess students a foundation for what we hope to do. What then is our foundation/from where did diakonia come? From the New Testament: Christ is our motivation and model, the perfect, sinless servant (John 13).

In the New Testament we also read about women such as Phoebe, Lydia, Priscilla, Dorcas, Peter‚s mother-in-law and others. For Phoebe, the apostle Paul referred to her as a diakonos, the masculine Greek word for servant (Romans 16:1). In the 300s & 400s, deaconesses served by aiding in female baptisms, and also were catechists of the newly baptized sisters in Christ and helpers of the poor.
As time progressed the service of deaconesses had its highs and lows/its near extinctions and revivals, all according to the needs of the times. Greatly jumping ahead, the golden age of deaconess ministry in the Lutheran Church, if you will, began in the mid-1800s spreading all over Europe and eventually beyond, even into the U.S. where today you may still run across a deaconess hospital here or there. You can probably guess then at this time deaconesses primarily served at nurses who provided both spiritual and physical care for their patients. But not only as nurses, deaconesses during this time also served as educators, parish workers, ministers to the poor, homeless, orphaned, mentally handicapped and so on.

As you can see, this is but a brief summary of an interesting history, a history that remains somewhat disclosed to our present LCMS, but seems to be once again in the process of renewal.

In Christ,