Friday, August 1, 2014
Where were you?
We began with Divine Service Three that was straight up but as rich as it could be in presenting us with the gifts of God for His baptized people. Then the first of the twin pillars (accents) that bordered the plenary sessions -- none other than Dr. John Kleinig from Australia. His is one of the most thoughtful, scholarly, and yet pastoral voices in Lutheranism today. Then Paul Soulek and Betsy Werner and a parish musician perspective. Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller piggy backed on what Dr. Kleinig began with the idea of a good conscience. Then another mountain top with Dr. Robin Leaver whose knowledge of Luther and music, Lutheran hymnody, and J. S. Bach rivals anyone in the world. Wow!
The numbers of Seminar and Workshop choices boggled the mind and tested the ability of an individual to pick just one seminar and five workshops for the week. Honestly, I do not know how Chaplain Weedon got all of these superstars in their fields to be here. We had pastors, parish musicians, teachers, students, and laity together where they should be -- around the Lord and His gifts where we meet each Sunday. In addition, I saw old friends, deepened many acquaintances, made many new friends, and met quite a few readers of this blog! It was like a family reunion.
My point is this -- if you were NOT there, you missed something. Something great. Something wise. Something inspiring. Something unique (well, at least only triennial). If you were there, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you were not, then considered yourself chastised for being absent and encouraged to make sure you do not miss the next one.
Yes, it is not cheap but what of value is cheap these days. It is a bargain. Between all the costs for food, housing, and registration -- plus transportation -- you can save up for the next one by giving one large McDonald's coffee each day or 2-3 Starbucks a week. Yes. Start now. Put away what you might have spent on that soda, coffee, or candy bar and stick it in your 2017 Institute coin jar. If you are faithful, you will have enough so that you are not sitting at home reading about what you good be remembering with thanksgiving to the Lord!