Rev. Scott Holder from Concordia St. Louis will be here on October 16 to visit with students interested in pastoral or deaconess education. He will be in the Living Room in the tunnel (next to the Game rooms). Rev. HOlder will host a dinner that evening (5 pm to 7 pm). Reserve your spot with Dr. Deressa (email@example.com).
Lord God, Giver, Defender, and Redeemer:
We confess that our heritage of learning
has not removed our fear of ourselves,
has not served the best welfare of all,
has not always glorified Your creative work.
We pray for our university, Concordia Saint Paul:
Forgive us by your grace when
in the midst of enlightenment we do not see Christ, the Light,
in the world of ideas we lose our ideals,
in the school of learning we close our minds,
in the pursuit of wisdom we are imprudent.
Fill us with the freedom of Your Spirit
in the search for knowledge,
in the quest for justice,
in the stewardship of our talents.
Prepare us for teaching with the gifts of
honor mixed with the meekness of Christ,
courage matched with trust in your love,
energy sparked by the zeal of the Spirit.
We ask that you give us courage to face all our tasks
with trust in Christ, our Teacher. Amen.
Adapted from The Lutheran Book of Prayer (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1970).
Pastor David Edwards (CSP ’13) was ordained into the ministerium of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod on Sunday, May 26, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, McKinney, Texas. Pr. Edwards graduated this spring from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and will serve as senior pastor of Word of Life Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Present at the event was David’s classmate, Kyle Sorkness, who graduated this spring from Princeton Seminary and will be entering an MAR program at Yale University this fall. We give thanks to God for these fine graduates and servants of Christ’s Church.
Dr. Samuel Deressa has been appointed as coordinator of pre-seminary programs at CSP.
He will now be the point person in working with pre-pastoral and pre-deaconess students and will serve as the primary interface with the seminaries and the LCMS board of pastoral education.
Dr. Deressa brings a distinct global perspective to the post, having grown up in Ethiopia and coming to us from the Mekane Yesus LCMS community.
The Department of Theology and Ministry is pleased to honor certain students for their work in the classroom, their manner of service, and their willingness to practice their Christian vocation:
Exemplary Work in Theological Studies
Servant of Christ Award
Theological Practice and Christian Vocation