The Lutheran Hour Ministry Rally Celebration in Mankato, MN, on March 17 invites all singers (children to adult) to participate in the massed choir. Choir members should download, print, and learn these three pieces: Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (Osianna), The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Lutkin), and Now Thank We All Our God (Bach). Rehearsal will be 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Hosanna Lutheran Church, with the rally beginning at 4 p.m. Dr. David Mennicke of Concordia University, St. Paul is directing the choir; please feel free to contact him directly at email@example.com or 651-641-8828 with questions about the massed choir. For more information about the rally itself, call Rev. Heidorn at 507-273-8546.
Category: On Campus
At the request of the Department of Theology and Ministry, the Department of Art and Design has graciously installed Professor Cate Vermeland’s “Stations of the Cross” on a once bare wall in the office area of the DTM (third floor of the Poehler Administration Building).
The stations of the cross follow the journey of Jesus from his trial before Pilate to his crucifixion and are drawn from events in the Passion Narratives of the Gospels and early church tradition. An early church practice attested by pilgrims to Jerusalem, who walked the traditional route, stopping at each of 14 stations for devotions and prayer, the stations were popularized throughout Europe in the Middle Ages by the Franciscans.
Professor Vermeland’s series of 14 black and white photographs were first installed in the Cross of Christ Fellowship Center last year.
Please join us for chapel on March 11 at 10:30 am. The campus ministry staff introduce the special Lenten series, and then the community will join in a stational liturgy, processing through the tunnel, Meyer Hall, and to the third floor of the Administration Building for a dedication of Prof. Cate Vermeland’s photographic “Stations of the Cross” art work.
Professor Vermeland shot the photographs at Ft. Snelling State Park, “a spiritual and sacred space” for her. The “Stations” bring together the revelation through Scripture of the crucified Christ with the natural wonder and beauty of God’s creation.
A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us. ’For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Luke 23:27-31
We give thanks to God for the creative work of our colleague Cate Vermeland, whose art draws the viewer to contemplate the central message of the Christian faith, salvation through “the folly of the cross” (1 Cor 1:18-25) and which embodies the CSP promise that the university is a place “where Christ is honored, all are welcome, and Lutheran convictions inform intellectual inquiry and academic pursuits.”
Pastor John Dreyer from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, will visit campus on Tuesday, 26 February, and Wednesday morning, 27 February. Come and speak with him about possibilities for study at the seminary. He will be in the “Living Room” in the tunnel.
Here is the schedule:
|Tuesday, January 22 |
9am-1pm – Tunnel Table
10:30am – Theology & Ministry Club meeting
1:40pm – Teaching & Leading Adults class presentation in Meyer Hall #310
Wednesday, January 23
10:00-11:30am – Part Time Job Fair
6:30-8:30pm – CSPizza Party at Pizza Luce
9:08pm – 908
Dr. Joshua Hollmann will deliver a public lecture titled, “Abraham’s Calling: Toward a Theology of Trust for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations” on Wednesday, 28 November, at 2:05 in the Library and Technology Center Room 215 at Concordia University Saint Paul. Dr. Hollmann is Chair of the Theology Department and Associate Professor of Theology at Concordia College New York. His teaching and research interests are Christian-Muslim relations, comparative religion, philosophy and the western religions, philosophy of religion, and Christian thought and history. Dr. Hollmann has lectured and taught at universities and seminaries in India, Sudan, Canada, Turkey, Haiti and the Philippines.
Dr. Hollmann is a candidate for the position of Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Theology and Ministry at Concordia Saint Paul.
Thesis 37: Every true Christian, whether living or dead, has part in all the blessings of Christ and the Church; and this is granted him by God.
Thesis 62: The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God.
And there are 93 other reasons! Thanks, Brother Martin!
Dr. Rhoda Schuler, assistant project director for a Vital Worship Grant,* provides this update on the research work.
- In June, Dr. Schuler and project director Dr. Kent Burreson from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis attended the Worship Grants Seminar at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan; it was an inspiring two days of networking with past and current grant recipients.
- By July the two researchers had selected the four “model congregations” to be studied and by September both had visited their two congregations and conducted in-depth interviews with the pastors, lay leaders, and new disciples involved in the catechumenal process.
- In preparation for a video conference to take place in mid-November, Schuler and Burreson are conducting phone interviews with the pastors of four “mentored congregations.” The researchers hope that lessons learned and best practices developed by the model congregations will guide the mentored congregations toward developing stronger adult catechumenal processes.
- Both Schuler and Burreson have already noted valuable insights from the interviews with the model congregations. Each one has adapted its adult catechumenal process to the particular ministry context and size of the congregation. Most encouraging is the language of “congregational renewal and vision” that the participating congregational leaders have used in the interviews.
- For most of the congregations, the catechumenal process culminates at the Easter Vigil. The focus of this service on incorporation into the Body of Christ through baptism and the Christian’s daily living to and from the font is an opportunity for the whole congregation to be renewed in its baptismal life of love of God and service to neighbor.
*This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. To read more about the grant, go to https://www.csp.edu/news/csps-rhoda-schuler-to-serve-as-assistant-project-director-for-vital-worship-grant-study/ or https://us6.campaign-archive.com/?e=d5684c486f&u=27d95293bfd1a5a9032d58095&id=f06cc658b7
Dr. Schuler’s participation is supported in part with a grant from the Hoffmann Institute.
On Wednesday, October 3, the DTM began its partnership with the Theology and Ministry Club.
The purpose of the club is to help Concordia St. Paul students: