President Matt Harrison at Concordia chapel

I’m still on a high from last week’s beautiful installation service at the chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. I even re-played the service off of the LCMS web site this morning. It should probably be mentioned that many of the folks affiliated with both seminaries were particularly pleased with the installation of President Matt Harrison. Under the previous administration, there were rumblings of merging the two seminaries. President Harrison wants the synod to increase its support of the seminaries, particularly for foreign students. I don’t exaggerate at all when I say some professors and their wives were literally dancing at the party after the installation. Although I suppose that could have just been because of the awesome music.

In any case, guess who snuck into chapel services at the seminary today!

This blog post from a seminarian begins with a confession that he doesn’t always make time for chapel:

So for me it is a reminder from the Law, but also a great blessing from the Lord to have a Synodical President make room in his schedule to attend chapel at the seminary. He was in “civilian dress,” that is to say he was not wearing an attire to draw attention to either his elected position or pastoral office, except for what looked like a “keycard” type lanyard. And he sat in the back. It’s likely fair to say that he “snuck in.” I don’t think he was here on any official business.

And so I’m probably violating his unspoken desire to NOT draw attention to himself, but I thought it was worth letting others know that we have a synodical president who is not too busy for the seminary (seminaries – we just happen to be closer to Kirkwood, I guess), and not too busy to hear the Word and to receive the Lord’s body and blood in the Sacrament with us.

So nice to read this.

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