Thank you, David, and thank you all. I'm honored to come here once again. Honored really to stand with you and to thank you who in season and out of season have cared about setting out the holy things of God in the midst of the holy people so that the holy One might be encountered and known and proclaimed, and that is the task you have done, you at the heart of many others in the Lutheran churches of North America. You have done this, in season and out of season, and it's a task for which I thank you.
Lathrop, Gordon, "Doing the Holy Things: Baptism and Vocation" (1996). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. 69.