Great Stuff — Livestream Broadcast of Hymn Festival in Honor of Richard Resch Tonight

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, Indiana, is pleased to announce a special livestreaming event this evening from the Good Shepherd Institute Conference. “My Times Are in Your Hand: A Musical Festschrift in Honor of Kantor Richard C. Resch,” will be livestreamed from Kramer Chapel this evening at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern). Go to and click on Watch Live! in the Livestream Events box. Organist for the evening will be CTS Associate Kantor Matthew A. Machemer. CTS Kantor Kevin J. Hildebrand will direct the Seminary Kantorei, and the Rev. David H. Reed, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Auburn, Michigan, will serve as commentator.

Resch served as kantor at CTS from 1977 until his retirement at the close of the 2013–14 academic year in May. He founded the Seminary Kantorei (1978) and became director of the Seminary’s Schola Cantorum in 1999. He became the co-director of the Good Shepherd Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary in 2000. He served on The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Commission on Worship from 1992–2001 and on the LCMS Hymnody Committee for Lutheran Service Book. He was the executive producer and narrator of the Good Shepherd Institute’s DVD “Singing the Faith: Living the Lutheran Musical Heritage.”  Resch is a frequent speaker and writer on topics concerning the relationship between theology and practice, as well as matters of church music.

In addition to those who will be joining us on campus this evening, we look forward hosting many more of our friends from around the world via the Internet for this very special event.

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.

More of his work can be found at


Great Stuff — Livestream Broadcast of Hymn Festival in Honor of Richard Resch Tonight — 7 Comments

  1. Dear BJS Bloggers,

    The Good Shepherd Institute’s DVD “Singing the Faith: Living the Lutheran Musical Heritage” should be required viewing for every pastor, organist, choir director, and music director in the LCMS, WELS, and ELS–outstanding in every way!!! (click on , view the online video clip, then “Order Now”). Rev. Richard Resch has been a great blessing to our church and a faithful proponent of genuinely Lutheran worship. Today is a day to give thanks for his ministry, as well as those of his caliber and confessional Lutheran commitment!

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  2. Dear BJS Bloggers,

    Even if you don’t purchase the Good Shepherd DVD, mentioned in my comment #3 above, please —- watch the 12 minute video preview of that DVD at:

    It is good remedy for whatever is disturbing your heart—for whatever bothers you right now about the Lutheran church–from the opening scenes of Kantor Richard Resch at Kramer Chapel-Fort Wayne to the closing orchestral piece of “In Peace and Joy I Now Depart”, composed by Kantor Kevin Hildebrand (with musical affinity to Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Lark Ascending”).

    This is Rx from Dr. Noland—good for what ails you.

    (Praise band church people don’t know what they are missing!)

    Indeed–Martin Luther said that this was the chief function of music, i.e., to cheer a troubled and downcast heart. Read what Luther says about music in Volume 53 of Luther’s Works.

    Praise band music excites people–it pumps them up to do things–it is a form of the Law. Lutheran music consoles downcast people, the poor in spirit, the meek, i.e., those who know they are sinners–it is a form of the Gospel.

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

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