Friday, July 28, 2017
Why didn't I see you there?
Today is the commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach. We are the Church from which such faith, craft, talent, skill, and genius came. It was formed in faith, shaped by the life of the baptized around the Word and Table of the Lord, led by the Spirit through the Word, and dedicated to the cause of preaching the Gospel through music. At the Institute we honored Carl Schalk and Henry Gerike, two of among so many giants who have followed in their steps. And with them so many more whose names are not as well know but whose faith, dedication, and labor is no less.
I cannot say enough about the welcome we received from Pres. Dan Gard and the Concordia University Chicago family. . . or about Chaplain Will Weedon and all his crew. . . or about the presenters and speakers. . . or about the musicians and the volunteers. . . It was a high privilege for me to be a part of the planning work and to be among those who presented, preached, and led worship. And to those who head home, Godspeed, my friends!