Thursday, September 15, 2016


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Why you should go to Oktoberfest

Why? Because it's

  • Lutheran worship at its best; at St. Paul's in Kewanee, "where you know you've been to church"
  • Lutheran theology at its best
  • Lutheran preaching at its best
  • Lutheran bratwurst at their best: Sheboygan style, prepared by a Sheboygan native
  • a Lutheran banquet at its best
  • Lutheran camaraderie at its best: plenty of opportunity to meet, chat, laugh, etc.
  • a Lutheran seminar at its best: Dr. Ben Mayes on Gerhard and the Ministry
  • unforgettable
  • an education
  • a reunion
  • a venerable 21-year long tradition
  • the "best party on the block"
Join us October 9-11 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois beginning with choral vespers at 5 p.m. on Sunday evening. Details are here. To register, send us an email.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Current Status of Valparaiso University

A Guest Essay by Wesley Tetsuji Kan

I am sending these photographs to you on the assumption that you may not be aware of the current doctrinal status of Valparaiso University.  

In my opinion, that institution attempts to be "all things to all people," putting on a confessional, orthodox front when soliciting students from LCMS parishes.  It sent me a request for the names of students graduating from high school within the past year, and you have probably received the same if you are currently an active parish pastor.  

In reality, Valparaiso is no longer Lutheran, as these photos clearly demonstrate.  They were taken at the University's Institute of Liturgical Studies this year.  Based on the vestments, the majority of the officiants were women.  

This means Valparaiso is functionally the same as any ELCA owned institution.

Father Kan is pastor of Redemption Lutheran Church in Panama City, Florida.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Calendar correction

For those who use the Gottesdienst calendar,  please note a correction.

The calendar has always used the so-called Michaelmas skip, which moves to the propers for the 19th Sunday after Trinity to the Sunday after Michaelmas and omitted any intervening Sundays. However, the calendar we published for 2016 makes this skip the Sunday before Michaelmas, which is an error.

The Sunday before Michaelmas should be the 18th Sunday after Trinity, with the following readings:

OLD TESTAMENT +Deuteronomy 10:12-21
EPISTLE + I Corinthians 1:4-9
HOLY GOSPEL + St. Matthew 22:34-46 

The early date for Easter this year means there is no Michaelmas skip, although there is a skip that comes later. The nineteenth Sunday after Trinity should be October 2, the twentieth Sunday after Trinity October 9, the twenty-first Sunday after Trinity October 16, and the twenty-second Sunday after Trinity October 23. We observe Reformation Sunday on October 30th. Following this there is a skip, counting back from the end of the sanctoral calendar. That is, the twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity is November 6, etc. The calendar is already correct beginning Reformation Sunday.

You may reference our web site where this calendar correction has been made.

We apologize for the error.

Monday, August 22, 2016


St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois will be hosting the Twenty-first Annual Oktoberfest! and Gottesdienst Central from Sunday afternoon, October 9th, until Tuesday, October 11th.

The event begins Sunday October 9th with Vespers at 5 p.m. Following the service is our annual bratwurst banquet. When everyone has had their fill of brats and beer, featured guest Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana will give a synopsis of his Monday seminar.

Following the banquet is the after-the-party party, at the home of Rev. Dr. Burnell Eckardt, the pastor at  St. Paul's.

On Monday, October 10th, Divine Service is at 9:00 a.m., with Rev. Michael Frese from Redeemer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as special guest preacher. Following the service and a continental breakfast, Dr. Mayes will hold forth for the rest of the day, in two sessions running until about 2:45, followed by Vespers. 

Dr. Mayes will be speaking on 

“The Call and the Ministry according to Johann Gerhard.” 

Johann Gerhard has been called the “Arch-theologian of Lutheranism,” and was the most influential of seventeenth-century Lutheran theologians. He decisively influenced Protestant theologians to study the evangelical (i.e., Gospel-centered) character of pre-Reformation Christianity. Gerhard has been an area of particular interest for Dr. Mayes, who served until this fall as an editor of professional and academic books at Concordia Publishing House (CPH) in St. Louis. In particular he served as general editor for Gerhard’s Theological Commonplaces. Dr. Mayes still serves CPH as managing editor and co-general editor of Luther’s Works: American Edition.

On Tuesday, the conference will continue in the same format, with discussion of liturgical and theological ramifications of decisions made at this summer’s triannual convention of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, with Pastor Eckardt.

REGISTRATION: $50 per person, $70 per couple, students $25 — includes Sunday banquet and Monday continental; no charge for children with parents.  Send your name, address, and which days you plan to attend to, or call 309-852-2461. You may pay the registration fee when you arrive.

Recommended Lodging: 

AmericInn, 309-856-7200. Special rate $94.00 (mention Oktoberfest when you register, by September 12th); also Aunt Daisy’s B & B, 309-853-3300; Motel 6, 309-853-8800; Super 8 (Galva), 309-932-2841; Best Western (Annawan), 800-637-5958; Kewanee Motor Lodge, 309-853-4000.