What the Ceremonial Acts of the Liturgy Confess, Part II
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While on the one hand ceremony says something by its very nature, even apart from the words that accompany it, as I wrote last month, the structure of the liturgy is also informative, as the ongoing series I put in this newsletter over many months (and which is also in The New Testament in His Blood) also explains.
The fact that we must approach the Almighty God in humility, and according to His word, is confessed first by the "entrance" we make in the Introit: while singing words from the Psalter, and second by the words we utter when we "arrive": Lord, have mercy. These words (of the Kyrie) are immediately followed by the Gloria in Excelsis, because we know that the Lord is merciful in the sending of His Son to be our Redeemer. The Gloria is the song of the angels at Jesus' birth, and an expanded canticle whose basis is these words. This, too, confesses that we know God is merciful, only through Jesus. Thus the entire opening sequence of the Mass is a confession: only through Jesus, we have a merciful God, and may approach Him with boldness.
Next we hear the readings, confess the Creed, and hear the Sermon. The sermon is supposed to highlight the fulfillment of all the Scriptures in Christ. It is the preaching of Him crucified and risen the third day ("according to the Scriptures"), and is therefore a predominant New Testament phenomenon, as the Gospel of Mark declares: "And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following" (
St. Mark 16:20).
So therefore, since the fulfillment is proclaimed and manifested in the sermon, as soon as the sermon is complete, it becomes time to receive the fulfillment, to become united to it. Hence the Holy Sacrament follows logically. First, there is further preparation (in a sense, everything up to this point is prepararation), in the Preface and Proper Preface, and then, in the Sanctus. The Sanctus is a magnificent canticle highlighting fulfillment, as it begins with the vision of Isaiah and blends it with Jesus' triumphal entry. That is, the thrice-holy One, of whom we sing, "heaven and earth are full of Thy glory," is now Himself mentally pictured riding into
Jerusalem amid cries of "Hosanna in the
highest," as he prepares his holy week movement toward the cross.
Then comes our participation in His cross. For although He died once for all, the effects of His death are ongoing: we receive the elements of His sacrifice in the Supper. Here, then, is the heart of who we are as Christians: direct recipients of His atoning sacrifice for the sin of the world. The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (of whom we sing in the Agnus Dei just prior to our approach to the altar) here personally takes our sin away, because we receive His crucified Body and His shed Blood.
The holy liturgy is a treasure that confesses the Gospel by its very structure. It shows us the Gospel and delivers to us the Christ of the Gospel.
+ Pastor Eckardt
Sunday Mass Moves to 8:30 a.m. beginning July 6th
By a unanimous vote at a special voters’ assembly meeting in May, the congregation has opted to change our time of Sunday Masses to 8:30 a.m. The vote was actually provisional, depending on agreeability to our organist Ryan Van Wassenhove. Ryan has been juggling two service times, since he plays at another church later in the morning. The voters were happy to accomodate him, since everyone agrees that he is a great asset to our congregation. In addition, some expressed the agreeability of an earlier start in the summer anyhow, due to the summer heat. Since Ryan has agreed, the provisional vote went into effect, and our new time of Mass becomes a reality the first Sunday in July, on a permanent basis.
Bible class and the Sunday School hour consequently will be moving to 10:15, providing an extra fifteen minutes for people to have breakfast. The morning classes will end at 11:00 a.m., fifteen minutes before the current ending time of 11:15.
Birthday Party for Otis Anderson July 13th
Members of the congregation are all invited to stick around after Bible Class on Sunday, July 13th, to help Otis Anderson celebrate his 80th birthday party. It will be a barbecue lunch, as an ‘open house’ running until 3 p.m.
Jim Watson Hearing Set for July 16th
If you’ve been following the trial of Jim Watson, you are aware that he was acquitted of the Class X Felony charge against him, but convicted of the lesser class 2 Felony counts against him. Jim has been in the county jail for several months, and we are hopeful that the judge will sentence him only to time already served. I wrote a letter to the judge to vouch for his character. If you also would like to support him, you could do so by simply showing up in the courtroom for his sentencing hearing. His attorney has indicated that the presence of friends can help persuade a judge not to be too harsh in sentencing. The hearing is set for Wednesday, July 16th, at 1 pm, at the courthouse in
Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music
From July 28th to the 31st, a Synod-wide Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music is being held on the campus of
Concordia University in . Pastor is a workshop presenter (speaking on
the issue “What Does Your Liturgy Confess? as briefly discussed in the lead
articles in this and the previous newsletter), so will be leaving Kewanee right
after mass on Sunday the 27th to catch a flight to Seward,
He will not be available for Bible Class that day, but we may have plans
for a film in lieu of class. Stay tuned.
First Tuesday events
July’s Altar Guild and Elders meetings are set for Tuesday, July 1st, and Tuesday, August 5th.
July Ushers: Steve Peart, Grant Andresen, Larry Campbell
August Ushers: Otis Anderson, David Ricknell, Bill Thompson
Mary Hamilton at home; Anna Baker at home; Emmy Wear at Williamsfield Home in Williamsfield.
July, August Anniversaries
7/1/1951 John and Emilie Ricknell
7/23/1955 Donald and Carol Kegebein
8/1/2009 Chris and Trista Dooley
8/2/1975 Raymond and Carol Robinson
8/21/1998 Daniel and Jill Powers
July and August Birthdays
7/2 Jean Russell
7/2 Dana McReynolds
7/4 Sarah Kraklow
7/5 Sandra Verplaetse
7/7 Stephen Harris
7/10 Otis Anderson
7/10 Dale Baker
7/13 Gayle Beauprez
7/14 Pastor Eckardt
7/16 Robert Schoen
7/20 Julie Janik
7/23 Donna Harlow
7/20 Anna Baker
7/30 Peggy Janik
8/2 Shania Kraklow
8/2 Joyce Long
8/9 Donald Kegebein
8/11 Sam Fisher
8/11 Judy Thompson
8/13 Donald Murphy
8/16 Trista Dooley
8/17 Steven Peart
8/21 John Sovanski
8/24 Becky Russell
8/27 Steve Peart
Save Your Metal
Linda Rowe is collecting metal to take for cash, to help pay for church repairs. Please save yours, and let her know.
Regular choir rehearsals will resume Wednesday evening, August 13h, as we prepare for Oktoberfest. Our choir is small, of course, but we hope to get some reinforcements when Pastor's family members arrive for that weekend. Meanwhile we need to be preparing in month and a half till then. Mark your calendars and do your level best to make all rehearsals.
Altar Guild News
Beginning in July, Sunday masses are at 8:30 a.m.
No mass Saturday, June 28th (unity service June 29th): SS Peter and Paul (color: Red)
Wednesday, July 2nd: The Visitation (color: White
Color reverts to Green after July 2nd. Green throughout the rest of July and August, except for these Wednesdays:
July 23rd, St. Mary Magdalene, obs (July 24th) Color: White.
August 13th, Dormition B.V.M., obs (August 15th). Color: White
August 27th, Beheading of
Baptist, obs (August 29th). Color: Red. St. John
No mass Wednesday, July 30th (Pastor at
St. Laurence (Aug. 10th) and St. Bartholomew (Aug 24th) fall on Sundays, and are not observed except with a second collect.
In Our Prayers
Our current list of prayer intentions at mass includes the names on the lists here following. To update the list, please inform pastor.
In our parish:
Emilie Ricknell, John Ricknell, Linda Rowe, John Sovanski, Jean Russell, Lucille Kemerling
And all of our shut-ins.
Anna Rutowicz [re Harris]
Julie Ross [Svetlana Meaker’s daughter, cancer]
Caleb Cleaver [Ricknell]
Christian Johnson [re Kemerlings]
Madison Lindsay [re
Jill Matchett [re Shreck]
Anthony Strand [re Murphys]
Edna Day [Chris Harden’s mother-in-law, cancer]
Carolyn Lewis [re
Barb Fornoff [re Russells]
Lorene Foglesong [re Kraklows]
Susan Gehlbach [re Eckardt]
Corbin Gonzales [re Russell]
Harold Harfst, [re Murphy]
Nancy Eckardt, pastor’s mother
David Wexell, Verplaetses’ friend, cancer
Kathy Van Wassenhove, Verplaetses’ friend, cancer
Pastors Don Chambers, [Manito]
Brian Feicho [
E. St. Louis]
Glenn Niemann [
Arthur Baisch [cancer]
Adam Jacobsen [
and Klemet Preus [
In the military:
John Eckardt, Donny Appleman [re Ricknell], Thomas Kim [re Shreck, Jaclyn Harden Alvarez, Michael Creech [re Murphy], Richard Heiden [re Eckardt]
especially any unborn children in danger of abortion, and those suffering from unrest, persecution, and imprisonment in Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, North Korea, Vietnam, and elsewhere.
Some persecution details. Website: www.persecution.net.
As a ruthless militant group sweeps across the country and leaves devastation in its wake, Christians are urgently seeking prayer for their homeland. Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS), an extremely violent offshoot of al-Qaeda, have gained full control of
. Historically known as Mosul Nineveh,
the city is the traditional heartland of 's church. The vast majority of
Christians there, up to 1,000 families, are said to have joined the exodus of
around half a million residents fleeing the desolation. The army has also
reportedly fled. According to Canon Andrew White, a partner of VOMC, the
situation is extremely volatile. "Things are so bad now in Iraq ; the worst
they have ever been. Most of our people come from Iraq and still see that as their home. Now
the Christian centre of Nineveh
has been totally ransacked. The tanks are moving into the Christian villages,
destroying them and causing total carnage." The concerned ministerial
leader further explains that Iraq ISIS has
"totally taken control, destroyed all government departments, allowed all
prisoners out of the prisons, killed countless numbers of people...." The
resulting devastation is heartbreaking, for he adds, "There are bodies all
over the streets." Hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis have fled to Kurdistan to escape this humanitarian crisis.
At 11 p.m. on June 9th, several hundred people -- including police, government officials, civil defense authorities and hired thugs -- raided the
in Binh Duong province. After breaking through the gate, the assailants began
ransacking the buildings, pelting hundreds of stones onto the roof and damaging
several doors. They also rounded up and beat 47 students and 29 pastors, some of
whom were attending a pastor's retreat at the Bible school. Police also
brutally attacked the school's principal, Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang. More than
20 were injured in the attack and were prevented from seeking medical help. Mennonite Bible School
The attackers finally dispersed about two hours later. Despite the intimidation, Pastor Quang is determined to continue the work of the Bible school.