The installation of new officers

The installation of new officers, including President-elect Matthew Harrison, will take place Sept. 11 at the Chapel of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I’ve attended one of these installations before and they are very nice. This one looks particularly nice as all clergy are invited to bring vestments and a red stole to join in the processional. Some of my highlights of attending the recent Synodical convention were those moments when you’d hear groups of pastors singing the Doxology or otherwise combining their voices to beautiful effect. I’d love to hear that service.

It’s almost enough to make me think a road trip from D.C. is in order. Anyone else interested?


The installation of new officers — 38 Comments

  1. Molly, perhaps Pastor Murray would offer to travel from Houston to St. Louis in the green and white school bus from Our Savior, Houston! (Let the reader understand)
    Seriously, I rejoice that the Gospel will be proclaimed at the installation to any and all who are so fortunate to be in attendance. God be praised!

  2. Has anyone made the trip by car from Ft. Wayne to St. Louis? Ive never gone directly there, only from the Fort to River Forest to St. Louis. Im thinking of driving there from the Fort.. but wondering what the average trip time might be..

  3. Actually Memorial is considering bring up our “small” bus for the event. I plan to be in attendance to see four of our members installed as synodical officers. Not bad for a little, confessional congregation in Texas.

  4. Father Day – The little confessional congregation in Brookfield, IL is having two members installed; not bad either. I’m hoping to be there too, and I’m hoping the Headmaster will join me.

    Paul – I used to make the trip quite often. Plan on 6-7 hours depending on how fast/slow you drive and how many pit stops. The only tricky part of the trip is getting around the outer belt of Indy.

  5. Are there any credentials required to attend? What is the capacity of this venue? I would like to attend, but am concerned to drive three hours and find the church filled to capacity.

  6. And I’m perturbed that I have to miss it because I’m one of the organizers of the Ohio LinuxFest in Columbus and the only open spot we can book this Fall is on that weekend! WHY SYNOD, WHY?! 🙁

    The Prediger and I will pray for you and will drink a mug in your honor at Barley’s on High Street.

  7. @Ted Snedeker #7

    the chapel holds 1200 or so, that is packed to the gills. I would think that the Seminary will be prepared with overflow seating with video in the small chapel in the undercroft as well as the Auditorium.

  8. Ted Snedeker :
    Are there any credentials required to attend? What is the capacity of this venue? I would like to attend, but am concerned to drive three hours and find the church filled to capacity.

    The stated capacity of the chapel when I was housefellow there was 1200, although we weren’t sure how they came up with that number. The most I’ve counted (yes, I would have to count the chairs, and figuring 9 per long pew and 8 for the short pews at the columns) was about 1050, depending on how much of the balcony had to be set aside for choir/orchestra.

    Ted – Swing by Strasburg and we can carpool. The only thing is, we need to make sure we leave enough room for the 2 Latvian pastors who will be visiting CID. I will probably be driving them back to Effingham that night. (On Sunday, one will be preaching at Grace’s mission festival, the other at Dieterich/Wheeler.)

  9. I hope they lose the key to the closet where the liturgical poles and streamers are stored.

  10. @JOHN HOOSS #15

    LOL, perhaps I should have said ‘processional sticks.” But then, again that might have been taken as a cheap shot at skinny people. 🙂

  11. Does anyone else see the “irony” in the installation of new Praesidium on September 11?

    May God grant through His grace sound minds and spirits to all of our newly elected leadership as they lead us boldly, Scripturally, and Confessionally.

  12. 9/11 is my birthday, and usually it’s not much of a celebration since 2001. But this year(#50) we will!
    Thanks be to God.

  13. Rev. Panzer :
    Does anyone else see the “irony” in the installation of new Praesidium on September 11?

    This will be the second time that September 11 falls on a Saturday since 2001. The last time, there were all sorts of news stories about the lack of weddings scheduled for that day. Has anyone heard if there is such a trend again this year?

    Kevin in Indiana :
    9/11 is my birthday, and usually it’s not much of a celebration since 2001. But this year(#50) we will!
    Thanks be to God.

    September 11, 2008, a young man who was a very good friend was killed instantly when a large piece of metal fell from the top of the silo into which he was loading grain. I, too, am looking forward to having cause for celebration on this day.

  14. @PPPadre #11

    That would be good. We could meet in Effingham since I would be coming down I70. The only thing is, my wife will be coming with me, which is no problem going down, but I will be driving my 5 passenger GMC Envoy. It has a large back seat. If you think you and the other pastors could stand each other for a couple of hours, we could make it work. Do you have any feel for how many other folks might show up?

  15. @PPPadre #20

    Met a geek couple in Portland who wanted a commitment ceremony in the Fall this year. The only time available for them is on 11 September. They booked the venue.

    Our convention have the same story: other events were booked at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on the days we wanted. One weekend had the marathon– hotels are booked to the gills. NO ONE wanted 11 September! So we booked the fest for that weekend.

  16. My husband, our 8 year old daughter, and I will be there. It’s a three hour drive for us, so we’ll be staying Friday night with friends who live in the STL area.

    I can’t wait. My husband and I have a standing agreement that we’ll drive many hours in order to attend packed-church Lutheran events where the singing is bound to be fabulous. But even if not for that, we’d want to be there. Historic occasion and all that.

  17. Looks like I may have gotten a roadtrip partner for a trip to St. Louis! Hope this works out.

  18. @Mollie #24
    I hope it works out, too, Mollie because I will look forward to your story of the events, official and otherwise. Thanks in advance!

  19. There will a line half-way to Chicago to get into this event. I don’t wish to be the one who throws cold water on things, but I’d suggest thinking twice. I’d sure like to be there, though.


  20. @Rev. Panzer #17

    This is the customary time to have the installations, Dr. Kieshnick was installed on Sept. 8 2001. So I don’t think there was anything untoward about the date.

  21. @Rev. Allen Bergstrazer #28

    Pr. Bergstrazer,

    I don’t think Pr. Panzer was saying that there was anything untoward about the date, but the irony that the customary time for such installations (the second Saturday in September) happens to coincide (if I may use that phrase without denying the providence of God) with the calendar date of September 11 – in much the same way I found it ironic while touring the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt that Luther would have lain prostrate upon the tombstone of Johannes Zachariae (who was instrumental in condemning Jan Hus to death, prompting Hus’ famous quote (“You roast a lean goose [Hus] today, but from my ashes a swan will ascend in a hundred years that you cannot roast.”) which many regard Luther to have fulfilled).

    Nothing planned by humans hands, just interesting coincidence from our perspective.

  22. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having the installation on September 11, but a lot of things happened on that date, including the Mountain Meadows Massacre, at which Mormon terrorists attacked a California-bound wagon train from Arkansas, killing everyone over 8-years old.

  23. @Stan Slonkosky #31

    Yes it is a remarkable date, when I was planning a 100 year anniversary for a congregation I previously served, I was surprised to discover the original church building burned down on September 11th, 1974. Really weird.

  24. @Stan Slonkosky #31

    Don’t know where you live but while I spent 15 years in Utah the Mormon church finally admitted the attacked–which the books tell us killed every man, woman and child. One of the graves discovered through a recent dig [2006] was given the age of about 3 based upon the size of the bones and skeleton! The acreage is now a memorial to those killed in this deed long denied by the Mormon Church. However, the church still thinks it owns the land while some are saying that the Park services has ownership. Each year families of those killed gathered there to keep the memory alive.

  25. Nothing so serious here:
    I was at vehicle registration this morning for something else and the young lady told me I could save another trip if I wanted to get my registration tag as well.
    So, for the next 13 months my truck will wear 09 11.

  26. Perhaps this Walther quote will help sanctify the 9/11 date for us:

    In his thirty-fourth evening lecture on Law and Gospel (September 11, 1885), C. F. W. Walther addressed the topic of “pure doctrine”:

    “Nowadays any one who insists that pure doctrine is a very important matter is at once suspected of not having the right Christian spirit. The very term “pure doctrine” has been proscribed and outlawed. Even such modern theologians as wish to be numbered with the confession alists, as a rule, speak of pure doctrine only in derisive terms, treating it as the shibboleth of dead-letter theology. If any one goes to the extreme, as it is held to be, of even fighting for the pure doctrine and opposing every false doctrine, he is set down as a heartless and unloving fanatic. What may be the reason? Unquestionably this, the modern theologians know full well that they have not that doctrine which in all ages has been called, and verily is, the pure doctrine. Furthermore, they even think that pure doctrine does not exist (is a non ens), except in a dream world, in the realm of ideals, in the Republic of Plato … Contempt for pure doctrine is contempt of the truth; for the pure doctrine is simply nothing else, absolutely nothing else, than the pure Word of God. It is not, as some think, the doctrine adapted to the systems of dogmaticians that has been accepted by the Church. Accordingly, contempt of pure doctrine is proof that we are living in an unspeakably lamentable era …
    The Holy Apostle Paul writes … a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. He means to say that a single false teaching vitiates the entire body of Christian doctrine, even as a little poison dropped into pure water produces a deadly potion. Let us picture to ourselves as vividly as we can the situation that would have been created in the early Church, when errorists like Arius, Nestoris, Pelagious arose, if men like Athanasius, Cyril, and Augustine had not earnestly opposed them. As far back as in the fourth or fifth centuries the Church would have lost the primary article of faith; the foundation would have been removed from beneath it, and it would have had to collapse. That was, indeed, impossible in view of the eternal counsel of God concerning the Church; however, because of that very counsel, God had to raise up instruments such as those teachers were.
    Again, suppose Luther, after learning the truth, had indeed borne testimony of it to his immediate associates, but had not entered into conflict with the Papacy because of the great abominations which it had introduced into the Church, what would have happened? Christianity would have to remain under the soul-tyranny of the Roman Antichrist, and we should still be subjects of it. There is no question, then, but that both, yes, both these efforts are necessary: to defend the truth and to oppose every doctrinal error.”

  27. September 11 is also the anniversary of Concordia Publishing House, the publisher for the the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

    History of CPH
    Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, is founded on September 11, 1869 to preserve the German Lutheran heritage and to reach out to immigrant groups in the new land through the power of the printed word.

    For more on the history of CPH check out:

  28. I have never been to St. Louis before. What is the area like around the seminary? Is it better to rent a car or take a cab to the installation? Is there lots of parking, and is it pretty unrestricted? How urban is it, and should I worry about street crime?

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