As you might know, gentle reader, I’ve attended a Lutheran church for about five or six years. I’m not a Lutheran, per se–I am half Catholic, being that my father was Catholic (but as my mother was not, the Catholic term for this is bastard), and I was baptised into a Church of Christ (I think–I was rather young).
But I’ve learned the Lutheran countersigns so when I walk amongst them, they don’t know that I’m a stranger. For your benefit, should you ever need to infiltrate a Lutheran church, I present this list of signs and countersigns so you know how to respond when challenged.
|The Lord be with you.||And also with you.|
|May the Force be with you.||And also with you.||Lutherans sometimes reply automatically even though this is not the traditional Star Wars response.|
|This is the day the Lord has made.||Let us rejoice and be glad in it.|
|He is risen!||He is risen indeed. Hallelujah!||Especially prominent on Easter.|
Join us next time when we discuss the proper identification tokens to present. Hint: At the potluck dinner, the answer is not Lutefisk in Missouri: You should, in fact, bring a dessert to ensure that the proper balance of four desserts for every meal item such, as meat or vegetables, is maintained.