ULC Final Divine Service and Closing Service

Note: Special thanks to Norm Fisher, BJS tech guru for making this post possible.  The artful summary video set to Psalm 48 is thanks to the work of Peter Wagner, one of ULC’s students. The final three videos come from Robin Muench – thank you Robin for your support of ULC!

The congregation of ULC is now without a chapel to call their own.  The building has been restored to its “profane” (that is, not sacred) use.  The building will soon be demolished to make room for apartments and so forth.  What follows are videos of the final service (De-consecration) of ULC.  You will note many pastors in attendance.  You will also note many laity in attendance.  This is because when a Church grieves, the whole thing grieves, pastors and people.  I know for a fact that many were there in spirit even though their vocations didn’t allow them to travel up to Minnesota for it (I am one of them).  In the months to come ULC will be finding somewhere to continue their campus ministry to the students of the U of M.  Eventually there will be a permanent place for them to call home, a place which cannot be taken away from them by others in their church body.  Stay tuned to BJS for further developments on this – there will be some good stuff coming from this – God has said so.

To the folks of ULC – it has been my honor and privilege to stand with you, to pray for you, to write for you, to inform the readers of BJS over this past year.  Though your situation has changed, your supporters still stand with you and will stay with through it all.  There will be continued prayers.  There will also be efforts to continue to raise funds to find you an excellent home for Word and Sacrament ministry on that campus.  All of this pales in comparison to what our Lord Jesus Christ has done and will continue to do for you.  He will continue to speak His Word to you through Pr. Kind, to feed you His body and blood, even at a different altar.  Baptism and Catechesis will go on as disciples will be made by God’s means of water and the Word.  He will continue to bring you into the baptismal life every new day.  He has not forgotten His promises to you, and as He did for Joseph – He will bring good out of this.


The closing service of the University Lutheran Chapel in Minneapolis, MN, before our eviction by the district board of directors. The building will now be demolished and replaced with an apartment complex. Music is from Psalm 48, sung by our choir. A complete DVD of the service will be available soon

 

 

ULC – DISPOSITION and DECONSECRATION
June 24, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
The Order of Vespers – Processional hymn through First Lesson

 

ULC – DISPOSITION AND DECONSECRATION
The Order of Vespers
The reading of the Second Lesson through the homily (The Rev. Prof. Thomas Aadland)

 

ULC – DISPOSITION AND DECONSECRATION
The Order of Vespers
Taking of the offering through The Rite of Disposition of a Church Building

 

Here is a copy of the bulletin for the service.

 

 

Here is the text from the sermon from the morning Divine Service celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist:  Pastor Kind does an excellent job of preaching the text and occasion, but doing so in a way which speaks to the situation at ULC.  It is fine example of Lutheran preaching.

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

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ULC Final Divine Service and Closing Service — 86 Comments

  1. @Rev. Steven W Bohler #43

    @Rahn Hasbargen #45

    @Pr. Don Kirchner #46

    @Noreen #47

    ULC did not issue specific invitations to anyone, except pastors who have been involved with ULC’s programs in the past or who are alumni of the chapel. A general invitation to anyone who would have liked to attend was posted on the ULC’s website and Facebook pages.

    No one from our circuit, or from the MNS District Board, officers, or executives came, though they would have been welcome to attend.

    Oliver Young
    Elder, ULC Minneapolis.

  2. Thank you, Mr. Young. That the ULC congregation asked anyone, even politely, not to come to a public service seemed to be nothing but negligent speculation.

  3. Is there any chance a bus or van could be obtained so the students who need a ride can get to the temporary chapel?

  4. @Oliver Young #1
    And while it was true that none of the former board members were there, there was a newly elected board member there … grieving with the family of Christ, and rejoicing in “a future and a hope” for ULC.

  5. Rev. Jeffrey Kuddes :@Oliver Young #1 And while it was true that none of the former board members were there, there was a newly elected board member there … grieving with the family of Christ, and rejoicing in “a future and a hope” for ULC.

    That newly elected board member should receive a personal note of thanks from someone–nothing else, but simply thanks for being there. Period. No editorializing, no recriminations, none of that. Now, at least, the Board has a face. His/Her attendance is is no small thing–it’s a very big deal.

  6. @Rev. Jeffrey Kuddes #4
    Pastor Kuddes, my daughter Rosa Summers, was there, and she is also a newly elected board member and a member of ULC. You should get acquainted with her before you attend your first meeting.

  7. @Noreen #6
    Noreen, I look forward to making her acquaintance. I’m glad she was there as well. It was unforgettable in so many ways. As for the dual parish that I serve, we will continue to be in support of ULC, and even more so, the Lord of the Church kept His promise again, that “the gates of hell” did not prevail against it (ULC).

  8. @Rev. Jeffrey Kuddes #4 @Noreen #6 & #7
    Matthew Frahm, also a newly elected MNS BOD member, was also in attendance both at the divine service in the AM and the disposition service in the PM.

    We were glad to see all who attended in support of ULC to hear the Word purely preached.

  9. CDJ :
    Is there any chance a bus or van could be obtained so the students who need a ride can get to the temporary chapel?

    I just wanted to ask this again…

  10. @CDJ #3
    We are hoping to raise money to purchase a vehicle to transport students as you suggested. What would be great is if we knew someone in the business who could get us a large van or small bus for free or at a reduced price. The 2 million is not going to be enough to relocate both congregation and campus ministry.

  11. Dana Kind :
    @CDJ #3
    We are hoping to raise money to purchase a vehicle to transport students as you suggested. What would be great is if we knew someone in the business who could get us a large van or small bus for free or at a reduced price. The 2 million is not going to be enough to relocate both congregation and campus ministry.

    Mrs. Kind, It would be great if Pr. Scheer or someone at BJS promotes this need in a separate thread. We could link it to other Lutheran sites…

  12. This may have been covered elsewhere, but has the congregation found another place to meet?

  13. Luther Sem has three chapels. Make sure it is understood it is in the Chapel of the Cross. I hope there is an elevator since it is on the second floor…

  14. Look up The Alley in MNS. Its mother church was lead by the new DP of MNS, Dean Nadasdy.

    Please recall that LHM once extended a call to Dr. Nadasdy.

    //steadfastlutherans.org/?p=13242

    Would Lutheran Hour Ministries applaud the recent actions of MNS?

  15. There had been some earlier discussion of space offered by a church much nearer the U of M campus (was it St. Lawrence?) Does anyone know if that’s being considered once the Fall semester starts?
    I’m afraid a bus to church solution won’t work for a lot of students, even were it available, and it’s even less likely to work for mid-week events. The ULC was so much more than a Sunday morning place.
    -Matt Mills

  16. The priest at St. Lawrence contacted us about 2 weeks ago to say that the archbishop was putting up some barriers to our use of the church, so it doesn’t look like that will be a possibility in the fall. Too bad because it was only two blocks from where ULC was located.

  17. Even if the archbishop would not allow what he might consider to be mere “ecclesial communities” to use the sanctuary and altar there at St Lawrence, do you think he might allow ULC to at least use a classroom/meeting room for mid-week events during the school year if ULC hasn’t yet secured a permanent location by Fall?

  18. @Dana Kind #19
    I’m sorry to hear that, and I hope the Archbishop will reconsider or that you find another option near campus. This is a terrible situation, and a terrible choice to have to make, but if the Chapel can’t afford to both rebuild and stay on campus, I would ask you to do whatever possible to stay on campus. I’m sure that you’d be a blessing wherever the congregation might settle, but there is a world of difference between a real Lutheran Campus Chapel, and a congregation w/ a bus-ministry to a University. ULC owes a lot of its success to being the former.
    Kyrie Eleison+,
    -Matt Mills ULC ’85

  19. Matthew is so correct.  Location is critical if you want participation by busy students.  

    – John ULC ’61

  20. @John Rixe #23

    John –

    If I recall correctly (I don’t have a copy of the bulletin in front of me), the R is actually a cross. I assume that in creating the pdf of the bulletin there was an issue with the font or something.

  21. If I recall, University Lutheran Church of Hope (13th Ave, SE), ELCA, has a small chapel – maybe it’s too small, but they might be willing to let you use it. They are very committed to the students at the U of M.

    Might be worth a look, anyway.

  22. While I lament what happened at ULC is indeed sad. However, this was cited by Pr. Cwirla at the Pacific Southwest District convention as something that should not do here. He offered an amendment to an overture that, in brief, would allow the board of directors to sell other properties, but the sale of the campus chapels adjacent to UCLA and UCSD would require approval at the district in convention. The resolution with Pr. Cwirla’s amendment passed with 82.9% of the vote. I think that the full details should eventually appear at psd-lcms.org . I was also pleased to see Faith Spelbring elected to the district’s board of directors. She previously worked at ULC UCLA and met her husband there. He is now the pastor of the LCMS church in Venice.

  23. I forgot to mention that the chapel at ASU has already been sold because the regional mission council decided to sell it.

  24. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalms 84:10)

  25. 5 years later, this very month, ground-breaking for the new ULC MN will be held, God willing. What a blessing!

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