One of the duties of the priests in the Old Testament was to distinguish the holy from the common, or as we would call it, the sacred from the secular. And they were given the task of teaching this distinction to the people. They did this not only in what they said but in what they did. It was communicated in how the tabernacle and temple were constructed. Everything surrounding the worship and daily life of the people of Israel focused on making this distinction. Fritz Eckardt (pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kewanee, IL, and Editor-in-Chief of Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy) takes up a similar task in looking at the sacred and secular at Christmas time. 


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