Zion Evangelical-Lutheran Church

St. Michael Liturgical Conference of Detroit

Monday, September 24th, A. + D. 2018

Zion is excited to welcome Dr. Naomichi Masaki as our Keynote Speaker for the 2018 St. Michael Conference. Dr. Masaki is a systematician with an outstanding knowledge of the Lutheran Confessions, and a noted Luther scholar, with a special interest in the Words of Institution and the Lord’s Supper.  His Keynote paper will be titled “Luther and the Lord's Supper: The Verba Domini as the Mandating Words".  His paper will set the theme for the 2018 Conference. Dr. Masaki serves as Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the STM and PhD in Theology programs for Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. 

Fr. Charles McClean, pastor of Our Savior Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Baltimore, Maryland, will discuss the historic rubrics attendant to the Consecration in the Divine Service.

Dr. Daniel Reuning, Kantor of Redeemer Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne, and Founder and Director of the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium, will present selected communion hymns from Te Laudamus, his upcoming hymnal supplement, and discuss their origins and theology.

The Rev. Dr. Burnell Eckardt, Pastor of St. Paul Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Kewanee, Illinois, and General Editor of Gottesdienst magazine, will present on the Image of God as it relates to the Incarnation of Christ and the Pastoral Office.

The workshops are scheduled so as to allow all participants to attend.

More information is here. Phone: 313.894.7450 / Fax: 313.894.7871 REGISTRATION The registration fee is $40 before September 15th. After September 15th the registration fee is $50. Registration includes the cost of the conference, distribution materials, breaks, lunch, and the Gemütlichkeit. Registration for Seminary and pre - Seminary students free before September 15. Make checks payable to: St. Michael Liturgical Conference Mail to: Zion Lutheran Church 4305 Military St. Detroit, MI 48210-2451 Recommendations on lodging are available from the church office. Phone: 313.894.7450



St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 109 South Elm Street, Kewanee, Illinois

 October 7-9, 2018 (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)

The Twenty-third Annual Oktoberfest! and Gottesdienst Central will be hosting the Rev. Dr. Thomas M. Winger, president of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS), St. Catharines, Ontario.

Dr. Winger is the author of dozens of articles, many published in Lutheran Theological Review. He is the (co)editor of three books and a contributor to The Lutheran Study Bible. He has written studies for the theological commissions of Lutheran Church–Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE). He also served as a member of the liturgy committee of Lutheran Service Book.

His topic will be 

“Hints of the Liturgy in the Epistle to the Ephesians and Other New Testament Texts”

He is a recognized authority especially in liturgy and in Ephesians.

The event begins Sunday the 7th with Vespers at 5 p.m. Following the service is our annual bratwurst banquet. When everyone has had their fill of brats and beer, Dr. Winger will give a synopsis of his Monday seminar. Following the banquet is the after-the-party party, at Father Eckardt’s home, where a gaggle of the editors of Gottesdienst is usually milling about.

On Monday, October 8, the day begins with Mass at 9 a.m. Following Mass and a continental breakfast, Dr. Winger will hold forth for the rest of the day, in two sessions running until about 2:45 p.m., followed by Vespers.

On Tuesday, October 9, the conference will continue until about noon, with a special focus on the themes of our current and previous issue of Gottesdienst, namely:

Weddings and Funerals

with Father Eckardt, pastor at St. Paul’s, holding forth. Tuesday morning’s session will be framed by morning low Mass (spoken Divine Service) and Mid-day prayer.

REGISTRATION: $50 per person, $70 per couple, students $25 — includes Sunday banquet and Monday continental; no charge for children with parents.  To register, click here. Recommended Lodging: AmericInn, 309-856-7200. Special rate $94 (mention Oktoberfest when you register, by September 12); also Aunt Daisy’s B & B, 309-853-3300; Motel 6, 309-853-8800; Super 8 (Galva), 309-932-2841; Best Western (Annawan), (309) 935-6565; Kewanee Motor Lodge, (309) 853-4000.


Past events . . .

The Twentieth Annual St. Michael Liturgical Conference

was held Monday, September 25, 2017 at Zion Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Detroit. Keynote Presentation – Wyoming District President John Hill: “Lessons from Luther’s Invocavit Sermons” – The Rev. John Hill examined Luther’s 1522 Invocavit Sermons as an example of churchmanship and pastoral care in Wittenberg’s early liturgical reforms. He included reflections from Luther’s Preface to the 1528 Visitation Articles as he speaks about the office of Bishop (or Visitor) in the church today. Q & A and Panel Discussion - Fr. Mark Braden, Pastor of Zion, examined the rite, rubrics and ceremony of Luther’s Latin and German Masses, and facilitated a Q & A period during which conference attendees interacted with President Hill regarding his presentation, followed by a Panel Discussion featuring the Conference Presenters joined by several editors of Gottesdienst. Dr. Daniel Reuning, Director of the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium in Fort Wayne, Indiana, revisited volume 53 of Luther’s Worksbringing to light Luther’s unique hymnodic contributions. Fr. Braden holds both the S.T.M. and M. Div. degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, where he is an adjunct faculty member. He teaches regularly throughout South America. He is an International Fellow for the Luther Academy, and a departmental editor for Gottesdienst. Fr. Burnell Eckardt, Pastor of St. Paul Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Kewanee, Illinois, and editor of Gottesdienst, presented on the importance of rubrics. The Reverend Fr. David Petersen, Pastor of Redeemer Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana, preached at the Mass.

Here are links to videos of these presentations.

"Lessons from Luther's Invocavit Sermons," Keynote Address by President John Hill

"Luther's Latin & German Masses," Rev. Mark Braden

"Volume 53 Revisited," Rev. Dr. Daniel Reuning

"The Importance of Rubrics: Gottesdienst Video," Rev. Dr. Burnell Eckardt

"Commemoration of St. Cleopas," Confessor Rev. David Petersen

Q & A and Panel Discussion with President Hall

The Twenty-second Annual Oktoberfest! and Gottesdienst Central

was held Sunday – Tuesday, October 8-10, 2017 at St. Paul’s Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois, and observed the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The conference hosted Rev. William Weedon, LCMS Director of Worship, and Chaplain at the International Center in St. Louis. His topic was “Reformation and Liturgy: The Eruption of Evangelical Joy in the Heart of the Divine Service.”

Here are links to videos of this presentation.

Reformation and Liturgy: The Eruption of Evangelical Joy, opening remarks

Reformation and Liturgy: The Eruption of Evangelical Joy, part 1

Reformation and Liturgy: The Eruption of Evangelical Joy, part 2