Saturday, May 22, 2010

"One Day More" - Day before Call Day version

The following was written the day before call night - to the tune of "One Day More" from Les Mis

[a lone seminarian]
One day more
Another day, another destiny
This never-ending road to Calvary
These men who seem to know my mind
For me a church will surely fine
One day more.

[Professor John Pless]
I did not assign a book today. . .
How can I teach when we are parted?
(One day more...)
[Professor Seinkbeil joins in] Tomorrow they'll be world's away
They barely got their programs started...

[Congregational President]
One more day all on my own
(Pless and Seinkbeil) - Will we ever meet again?
One more day with no one preaching
(P&S) Please come to symposia
What a vacancy this has been
(P&S) And I swear our doctrine is true
With these retired pastors here. . .

[Dr. Scaer] One more day, but don't get called
[Dave Ohlman] Should I stay or should I go?
[Scaer] The voters will be mean to you
[Ohlman] Shall I join my brothers there?
[Scaer] Take another year of study
[Ohlman] Fort Wayne isn't a bad place
[Scaer] Give my tests is what you'll do
[Ohlman] My place is here, I'll teach with you. . .

[Chorus of District Presidents] One more day till call night service
We will give them all the shaft
We'll be ready for these school boys
They will never ever last

[Rev. George Lange and Joyce Ostermann] Lose the guarantee
Hit 'em with a bill
Raise board and fees, loans should cover it still
There a little bit
Here a little cut
Most of them are broke so they won't miss much

[All students] One day to a new beginning
Raise your call documents high
[All Synodical Officials] Every voter is a king
[All Students] Every voter is our king.
But these congregations must pay our living
Concordia Health fees to be paid
[Everyone] Do you hear the cash till ring?

[Montage - during which a voice rises in the background]
[Jack Cascione sings:] I will watch there congregations
I will let old Herm Otten know
When they start genuflecting
When their liturgies look like Rome

(Entire Cast)
And tonight is the Judgment Day
And tonight we'll find out what our God in heaven has in store
One night long
One more day
One day more.

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This is just proof of how bored and stir crazy I was my last quarter at the Sem.