Sunday- Tuesday, October 7-9
This year’s Oktoberfest celebration will be our final and greatest celebration of our 150th anniversary. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Our special guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast, President of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, a church historian specializing in American Lutheranism. That will work well with our sesquicentennial celebration, as his theme will be
Can Anything Good Come Out of the Nineteenth Century?
Other special guests include CID President Mark Miller, Monday’s preacher and former St. Paul’s Pastor Kenneth Wegener, who will preach at the Sunday Vespers.
Members of St. Paul’s special rate: $15.00, $25 per couple (children free), includes all meals. Register ahead, so we have a better idea who’s coming. REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE.
Support your congregation! Set aside Sunday and Monday, October 7th and 8th for Oktoberfest! And Tuesday too, if you can do it!
Volunteers sought! If you are able, we could really use your help. We are a small congregation, and this year’s Oktoberfest promises to be a big one, with lots of folks attending. So please step forward and offer your help: everyone pulling together makes the preparations a lot easier. We need volunteers, volunteers, volunteers!
- Decorations volunteers
- People to prepare food for the bratwurst banquet
- Servers for Sunday night
- Clean-up volunteers Sunday night
- Monday brunch preparers
On Sunday, September 9th, the Sunday after Labor Day, we’ll be starting over all over again. First, a new Sunday school term starts up. Also a new catechetical cycle begins—for prospective new members, or for current members who want to review—tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays at 5 pm., beginning on September 12th. We will welcome and induct Jewneel Walker as a new Altar Guild member that day, and we will also be receiving a new family into membership: Richard and Jennifer Madsen, with their children Isaiah, Liam, and Jocelyn. Isaiah (with his parents) will be receiving his first communion.
September Ushers: Alan Kraklow, Steve Kraklow, Tom Wells, Bob Bock
9/18/1976 Tom and Sue Ann Wells
9/24/1977 Dennis and Janice Schoen
9/1 John Ricknell
9/10 Jan Schoen
9/15 Chuck Russell
9/17 Mary Beth Jones
9/18 DeAnne Anderson
9/19 Jaclyn Kraklow
9/19 Jamie Kraklow
9/24 Stephanie Davis
9/28 Allan Kraklow
Interested in a Trip to Italy?
I promised Dr. Scaer I’d help him advertise his upcoming trip to Italy, so here it is. - Pastor
Thank you all!
I am deeply grateful to everyone who came out and helped celebrate the 30th anniversary of my ordination, at the special service on July 1st and reception afterwards. It was a memorable event, and I’m humbled to have received such an honor.
The beautiful Rembrandt of Jesus’ ascension now hangs in our parlor above the piano, and is a continual source of inspiration for me.
You have all been too kind; thank you a thousand times.
Altar Guild News
We welcome Jewneel Walker as our newest member! Jewneel is to be inducted on September 12th.
Our September Altar Guild meeting will include a repeat of basic duties, for the benefit of Jewneel, as well as for all members to review.
Altar guild members, remember to check the wicks of the candles: not too long or bent over, and not too short!
Notes for September:
All Sundays are green. Wednesday the 5th is also green, but Wednesday the 12th (Holy Cross) is red, Wednesday the 19th (St. Matthew) is also red, and Wednesday the 26th (Michaelmas) is white.
No mass Saturday, September 15th: pastor is gone that weekend. Note also to be especially careful that everything is set out correctly for the 16th, as we will have a visiting pastor that day.
There are five Sundays in September. The fourth week team is due to handle the fifth week this time.
Mary Hamilton at home; Mark Baker at home; Anna Baker at home; Mirilda Greiert at Kewanee Care; Ruth Snider at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo; Emmy Wear at Williamsfield Home in Williamsfield.
It appears I’ll be rather busy this month. On Wednesday morning, September 12th, I’m at meetings at our Synodical headquarters in St. Louis to discuss publishing matters for our Ordo booklet for Gottesdienst. I expect to make it back in time for Wednesday night activities.
Then I’m due to speak at a conference in Kansas, called “Lectures in Lutheranism,” over the weekend of September 16th.
On Sunday the 23rd I’ll be leaving in the afternoon for the annual St. Michael conference the next day at Zion in Detroit, where I will again be a speaker this year, in addition to seeing Vicar Peter Eckardt at work there.
And Oktoberfest looms, right after that!
First Tuesday Altar Guild and Elders meetings will be held on September 4th. Altar Guild at 6 p.m. will include a review of basic duties and training. Vespers is at 6:45, and Elders meet at 7:15.
Latest Oktoberfest News
Early indicators are that this year’s Oktoberfest will be a big one: registrations are up! So, to repeat (see page 1), we’ll be needing all the volunteers we can find! Please help!
The Lighter Side
A friend of mine found an old Sunday School paper she had filled out long ago, a fill-in-the-blank assignment. Evidently she hadn’t been paying attention that day, or perhaps it was just that she had been paying very close attention at home. Here’s what it said:
“No one comes unto the Father except through Mom.”
The New Testament in His Blood
This series contains brief liturgical explanations which appear in Pastor Eckardt’s book The New Testament in His Blood (Gottesdienst, 2010).
When the faithful have finally “entered” into the Mass through the Introit, Kyrie, and Gloria, there is immediately following the chief prayer of the day called the “Collect,” a term which comes from the
Latin collectio. In the Greek services is called synaxis. Originally a reference to the assembly itself, that is, the people gathered for worship, this prayer is now properly considered a prayer of the collected faithful. Now that they have gathered at the altar, they pray.
The content of the prayer is thematic, that is, it bears some thematic connection to the readings that follow. The collects come from days of old; nobody knows their authors. They are the property of the whole Church.
The celebrant holds his hands apart and prays the collect aloud while the people pray silently with him. That is, they not only listen, but
they make the prayer their own, and in so doing they join with all the faithful. Not only does the collect serve to join the faithful visibly present in the room, but to join them to the faithful of all times and places. Such a universal understanding of this prayer is what is in view by the name collect. Since the collect is always a prayer of high antiquity, therefore besides being a thematically unifying prayer, it also binds the faithful of all times in a common purpose and desire,
expressed in the collect’s petition.
The reason the collect is best said by the celebrant alone while all the people pray it silently is that the single voice of the celebrant for all their prayers highlights this unity well. The celebrant himself becomes a symbol of the Church’s unity.
Some find it helpful to prepare for worship by considering the Propers for the day. One may wish to read in advance the collect appointed, or possibly to read along while praying it silently as it is prayed aloud, even to the point of moving the lips in silence as the words are heard. This can serve to accentuate the point of unity, and of the collecting of
the faithful in one.
The flow and dignity of worship would not be served well, however, either here or elsewhere, if the celebrant were to turn and give instructions as to the correct page number or place in the service. Well trained members of a Christian congregation will know what to do and when; others can learn by
imitation. The ceremony of worship is kept dignified and its importance highlighted if extraneous matters
The public reading of Scripture at Mass dates from the time of the apostles, and is something they themselves inherited from the synagogue. It is found in every rite in Christendom. In the synagogue, there were two readings, one from Moses and one from the prophets; this was replaced in the Church by the Gospels and the Epistles. In some places an Old Testament reading remained, but the historic Old
Testament pericopes (appointed readings) are not known. Since the origin of today’s so-called historical pericopes is so ancient, it is not known, though here and there we can see traces of a thematic idea.
A recent innovation seen in some churches is the giving of an introduction of the theme of a reading before the reading itself is given. While well-intentioned, this is unfortunate for two reasons.
First, it breaks the flow of the liturgy; it is clumsy. High ceremonies of all kinds are not encumbered with pauses or asides for information about what is happening or what one should be aware of. Should not the Holy Mass be accorded at least as much honor as other kinds of ceremonies? Second, and more importantly, it serves to say, if only subliminally, that the Word of God needs to be helped along if it is to be truly effective. The pastor who wants to teach his people about the reading is invited to do so where the liturgy provides him this opportunity: during the sermon. For the same reason, it is unnecessary for the pastor to seek to make eye contact with the people
during the reading. It should be clear for all to see that he is reading; that the words he speaks are the words he sees on the page. The sermon is the place for personalizing the message.
Historically there have been chants which are heard between the readings. They serve to provide a
musical connection between the readings, in effect to slow the pace a bit to provide the opportunity for
reflection on the reading heard. The Gradual, or Alleluia, or Tract, served this role historically, and also to cover movement, especially when an acolyte moved the Gospel Book to its place for its reading by
the deacon. The movement to the place for the Gospel reading was historically toward the north, that is, as a vector toward the lands the Gospel had not yet reached.
The Gradual is one of the oldest parts of the Mass. It was at one time sung from a higher place which was sometimes called a Gradine. Sometimes a special pulpit was erected for the chanting of the
Gradual. The Alleluia in the Roman rite was traditionally sung twice, the second time with a long melisma, or series of notes. Medieval authors would call this the iubilus or ubilatio or Cantilena, an inarticulate expression of joy, “by which the mind is carried up to the unspeakable joy of the Saints” as Rupert of Deutz declared (Fortescue, 269).
In the West, the Alleluia is omitted during pre-lent and Lent, and the Tract is said instead. This is one of the ways the Lenten season prepares people for Easter. When the alleluias are again heard after
many weeks of omission, they add to the joy of the Easter season.
The Gospel is always last of all readings, in the place of honor. These are the very words of Christ. This is why the people stand for the Gospel; it is as though standing when Christ enters the room.
Yet this rubric (standing for the Gospel), only applies at Mass. It is not necessary or desirable to follow these ceremonial details at lesser offices (Matins, Vespers, etc.); since in this way the Mass receives a
higher ceremonial standing.
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