Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Pastor Bender at Wrigley

Rachel took video last night from the stands, and hers turned out well too.  But John (Pastor's son) was down on the field, so this is the close-up version.

For those who haven't heard the story:
As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, the congregation attended a Cubs/Brewers game.  Brewers won; Cubs lost.  But Josh Vitters hit his first major league home-run that night ... right into our section of the bleachers.  The church janitor was the one who nabbed the ball, and he handed it to Pastor, who is a loyal Cubs fan.  (He jokes that it's very Lutheran to be a Cubs fan, you see.  It's all about the theology of the cross.)  When the Cubs approached him, asking what they could offer to encourage him to return the memorable ball to Mr Vitters, Pastor said he wanted to sing the National Anthem at a home game.  They'd never been asked that before.  But they agreed to try to make it happen.  And when they heard his audition tape, they gave him the opportunity.  And here he is ...


  1. If only everyone who sings our National Anthem would do it with such style and reverence. That was a treat to listen to. Thanks for sharing it, Susan!

  2. That is so totally awesome!


  3. Oh does that just make me smile! How wonderful for everyone who was there!

  4. What amazed me was that I could already see it by 9pm on FB last night! :-) Modern technology...

  5. Fabulous!!! What a great cathedral voice!!!!
    Susan T from Ft. Wayne