LCMS Convention — Opening Divine Service

Videos from the opening Divine Service of the LCMS Convention can be Found here

Here is the sermon:


About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


LCMS Convention — Opening Divine Service — 13 Comments

  1. There were people wandering around during the Divine Service and the audio was poor, but I really appreciated the You are all wet sermon…

  2. I thought that the dipping of hands through the Baptismal font during the Invocation and Absolution was appropriate.

  3. Tuning in to opening divine service of LCMS convention now. The officiant cannot sing. Unfortunate. Is that the Ablaze symbol on the back of his chazabel?
    I know I know it is not about the chanter but the words contained therein. Sermon was excellent. Too bad the historic liturgy could not have been sung in tune. Detracted from it IMO . Am sure purists put off by video screens @ front of convention hall. Flame away

  4. @KrustyKraut #4

    Based on the pastor’s body language and speech, and the fact that Pastor Weedon took over for him during some parts of the Divine Service, I suspect that he may have Parkinson’s Disease. If that’s the case, then I think it would be reasonable to cut the guy a break.

  5. Wow. Re Mike, how could any LCMS pastor (or layman) not love that sermon? Perhaps those who don’t like such a sermon should realize they really don’t belong in the LCMS and should act accordingly.

  6. Excellent sermon. The severity of the Law preached to me a poor, miserable sinner – countered with the life-saving sweetness of the Gospel preached to me a redeemed child of God through Christ’s death and resurrection. Amen! Thank you President Harrison for feeding this member of the flock.

  7. Sermon should have been 45 minutes like the last convention. Sorry, poor humor. Was an excellent sermon; great message. Great Divine Service too.

  8. Harrison’s sermon was very good as was every other sermon and essay. However, I am extremely disappointed that none of the services were posted – only sermons and a few other issues. Maybe the remainder will be posted later — I was so looking forward to reliving some of my time there.

    I had goose bumps hearing approximately 1300 voices singing the Te Deum Laudamus and other hymns. I think my fellow LCMSer’s who were not as fortunate as I would appreciate listening to the beautiful services.

    The convention was very focused — resolutions were passed by extremely large margins except for a few — and yet they would be called landslides in secular political elections. My mind is tired — however, I can only remember one resolution that was defeated and it dealt with the convention delegates being selected at the District Conventions not at the Circuit level.

    Great convention — great delegates.

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