Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols


Lessons and Carols

On the last day before Christmas break, campus chapel had a brief service of Lessons and Carols–a bit of proleptic Christmas joy in the midst of Advent repentance and expectation. The music was both solemn and celebratory and included bells, guitar, clarinet, violin, piano, percussion, upright bass, and organ. We cannot share the music here, but the outline of the service and the special collects written for the occasion are reproduced below–a Christmas gift to you, our readers

Hauerwas and Disability

Hauerwas and Disability


Hauerwas and Disability

There was quite a little contingent from Concordia listening to Stanely Hauerwas at Fontbonne University this past Monday evening. The topic was on disability, and it brought some of his usual themes together in a provocative way

Plainsong Passion

Plainsong Passion


Plainsong Passion

Last Friday, chapel was unusual; it took me off guard. First, I did not expect to sing Christmas hymns … in the middle of Lent. Yes, I have to admit that I wasn’t paying attention to the feast day calendar so I missed the liturgical memo on the Annunciation of our Lord. It was a welcome ..


Lent 4 · Isaiah 12:1-6 · March 14, 2010


Lent 4 · Isaiah 12:1-6 · March 14, 2010

By Erik Herrmann There is some stiff competition in the lectionary with our Old Testament lesson for this Fourth Week in Lent. The Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Paul’s declaration that we are a new creation in Christ who has reconciled us to God and given the church the ministry of reconciliation. The Gospel ..


Easter 4 · John 10:11-18 · May 3, 2009


Easter 4 · John 10:11-18 · May 3, 2009

By Erik Herrmann The Good Shepherd. It’s such a well-known image. It seems to be relevant in every age—from the earliest times in the catacombs where Christ was so often depicted as a youthful Apollonian shepherd, to the modern Sunday school pictures of the gentle Jesus cradling a lamb, the Good Shepherd continues to be ..