BJS Newsreel: BJS Conference Keeps Getting Better – President’s Sr. Assistant and Former Commission on Worship Assistant Director Jon Vieker to Chant Evening Prayer

January 19th, 2011 Post by

It’s not too late to sign up for the annual BJS Conference. LCMS President Senior Assistant Jon Vieker will be making the trip up from St. Louis with President Harrison and will grace the conference by chanting our Evening Prayer service after the banquet on Friday night.

The Brothers of John the Steadfast (BJS) are in the third year of annual conferences. This year’s conference is once again being held in the midwest at Bethany Lutheran Church and School – Naperville, Illinois, convenient for auto travel and centrally located between O’Hare and Midway airports. The conference is Friday and Saturday, February 11-12. The highlight of the conference will be President Harrison’s banquet address on Friday night. The presentations on Saturday are based on the three emphases of the Harrison administration for the coming years: Witness, Mercy and Life Together.

We are pleased to have Rev. Jon Vieker chanting our worship on Friday evening. Rev. Vieker served as the Assistant Director for the LCMS Commission on Worship from 1998 until last year when he was chosen by President Harrison to be his Senior Assistant. Rev. Vieker is an accomplished cantor, editor and composer. His worship leadership at the conference will enhance the already rich variety of tradition and excellence that BJS conference music director, Cantor Phillip Magness provides for the conference goers each year.

For more details on the conference and to register, click here. We have record registrations but still have plenty of room. Time is growing short. Registration will close Sunday, February 6, just two and a half weeks from now.

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  1. helen
    January 19th, 2011 at 11:00 | #1

    Aw, I really wish….. ;(

    All y’all have fun, and make some recordings for us outliers.

  2. January 19th, 2011 at 13:03 | #2

    @helen #1

    We hope to have recordings available after the conference, but they won’t be available immediately. It may take us a few days to prepare them this year.

  3. Jack B. Nimble
    January 20th, 2011 at 15:26 | #3

    Will there be some time set aside for appropriate appreciation of one of God’s most gracious first article gifts – the cigar?

  4. helen
    January 20th, 2011 at 15:36 | #4

    No problem!
    And thanks in advance.

  5. January 21st, 2011 at 10:29 | #5


    We usually have time set aside at a local cigar shop on Friday night but since our festivities are starting later than usual it did not work out that way. Vespers won’t be done until 9 PM. That is when the shop closes. Last year he stayed open late for us but we got there around 8:30 and not 9:30. I may check and see if he will stay open even later for us but cannot make any promises.


  6. January 21st, 2011 at 10:30 | #6


    We can also try to set folks up with each other to go out to the local establishments together after Vespers.


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