Critical reviews (by Lutheran pastors and church musicians) of books and other resources for Christian worship, preaching, and church music from a perspective rooted in Holy Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions and good common sense. LHP Quarterly Book Review asks, "Is it worth the money to buy, the time to read, the shelf space to store, and the effort to teach?"
Hyslop, Scott M. The Precious Gift: The Hymns, Carols, and Translations of Henry L. Letterman (Shaping American Luheran Church Music). Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2013. 126 Pages. Paper. $15.00. http://www.lutheranupress.org/Worship-and-Music-books (H)
Feed: Pastoral Meanderings Posted on: Friday, May 16, 2014 5:00 AM Author:firstname.lastname@example.org (Pastor Peters) Subject: Still time. . . Register TODAY
I am thrilled to promote what looks to be a spectacular week July 28-31, 2014, at Concordia University Nebraska (Seward). The list of major presenters includes Dr. John Kleinig, Bryan Wolfmueller, Robin Leaver, Paul Soulek, and Betsy Werner with an unbelievable list of seminars for the Pastor, Musician, and others (including some guy who writes a blog called Pastoral Meanderings who will speak on Worship as Pastoral Care), and workshops to dazzle every interest and need.
The program is 25 pages of offerings, information, presenters, bios, and encouragement to take a week off in July and head to the plains of Nebraska for a stellar line up of people, topics, and fellowship. Pres. Matt Harrison will be there. I hope YOU will be there as well.
Like earlier conferences, the 2014 Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music is designed for pastors, musicians and laity who assist in worship or simply are passionate about it. The institute consists of four main types of events:
Worship — Anchored by the Divine Service at either end and filled with the Church's daily prayer services, worship forms the heart and center of our gathering. Christ assembles His people to give out to them His gifts!
Keynotes — Five extraordinary speakers will invite us in four keynote addresses to ponder the theme of comfort and its impact upon the worship life of Christ's Church. Our Lutheran Confessions teach us: "Everything, therefore, in the Christian Church is ordered toward this goal: we shall daily receive in the Church nothing but the forgiveness of sin through the Word and signs, to comfort and encourage our consciences as long as we live here" (LC II 55).
Seminars and Workshops — Covering a wide variety of topics and aimed at pastors, musicians and interested lay people, various teachers and pastors share their insights to strengthen and deepen the Church's worship life.
Extra Goodies — Conversation with LCMS President Matthew Harrison, visiting with the "Issues, Etc." team, free time, organ recitals, a hymn festival, an ice cream social, A Taste of Nebraska Picnic and more.
Put all that together, and this promises to be one stunning event that you will NOT want to miss. Hosted on the beautiful campus of Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, Neb., July 28–31, join us as we are strengthened together in the comfort of Christ.
THANKS to LCMS Worship Guy and Chaplain Will Weedon and his crew for putting together an amazing Institute. Be there. You do NOT want to miss this! Clergy, Lay, Parish Musician -- there is something for ALL.