Putting the Feast Back into Festival, by Pr. Rossow

Picture1One of the goals of The Brothers of John the Steadfast is to educate about and promote the historic and traditional liturgy of the church. We welcome posts from our readers to that end.

At Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Naperville, we have been making a concerted effort in the last few years to organize our church dinners and get-togethers around the festival services of the church year. We are seeking to put the feast back into church festival. One of our new traditions is our annual Ascension feast.

We were pleased to have 200 people for church and dinner last night.

Festival ParadeWe make it  a full afternoon and evening of activities. We start after school with activities for children. They make banners and noisemakers that are then used for our Ascension Parade around the church grounds and past some of the neighborhood houses. Our Day School Principal and Teachers volunteer to organize the activities for the children. At 5:30 PM we then march around the church grounds with parents and others cheering the parade in honor of our Lord’s ascension into heaven and his gracoius ruling over all the universe. We all then process into the sanctuary for the Divine Service with both a children’s choir and the senior choir assisting the peoples’ song.

Picture3After dinner we all head into the gymnasium for a the feast. This year it was down home food – fried chicken, hush puppies, baked beans, cole slaw and sundaes for dessert.

If your congregation does not celebrate the Festival of the Ascension we recommend you talk to your pastor and ask him to restore this ancient tradition. If you do celebrate it, consider adding the feast back into the festival.


About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.

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Putting the Feast Back into Festival, by Pr. Rossow — 9 Comments

  1. I’m with Pr. Frahm.

    For non-Lord’s suppers, something for the vegetarians would be nice too.

  2. At St. Matthew-Bonne Terre, Missouri, last night we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord with the Divine Service of Word and Sacrament. At our church’s website, stmatthewbt.org, You can read my Ascension Day sermon, “Ascended and Still Present.”

    After the service, our Men’s Club hosted a homemade ice cream social.

    Also, yesterday morning I was the guest for an Ascension Day “Ask the Pastor” radio hour on KFUO-AM.

  3. Charlie,

    I’m guessing your homemade ice cream was better than the store bought stuff we had in our sundaes. Consider this an open invitation for your men’s club to come up to Naperville next year and treat us to the real stuff!

    TR

  4. Pastor Tim Rossow : Charlie,
    I’m guessing your homemade ice cream was better than the store bought stuff we had in our sundaes.

    It was good! I even made two quarts myself! Pretty easy to make, too, with the ice cream maker I’ve got.

    Pastor Tim Rossow : Charlie,
    Consider this an open invitation for your men’s club to come up to Naperville next year and treat us to the real stuff!

    Hey, that’s an idea, Tim! We couldn’t come up for Ascension–I’ve got to do service in Bonne Terre, after all–but maybe I can get some of our guys to come up for the BJS Conference in February.

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