Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Annual Conference on the Augsburg Confession

Attention Gottesdienst Crowd!  Although this is not a Gottesdienst event, it is certainly Gottesdienst-friendly.

Annual Conference on the Augsburg Confession

Celebrate Our Lutheran Heritage
October 31­ November 1, 2014
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
219 E. Church St.
Marion, OH 43302

Conference Schedule
Friday, October 31st
6:30 p.m. Reformation Divine Service
7:30 p.m. Presentation by Rev. Dr. Roland Ziegler
8:30 p.m Gemutlichkeit

Saturday, November 1st
8:15 - ­8:50 Registration and breakfast
9:00 All Saints Divine Service
10:00 Keynote Address ­ Rev. Dr. Roland Ziegler
11:30 Lunch
12:15 First Session ­ The Rev. Terry Cripe
1:00 Second Session ­ The Rev. Brett Cornelius
1:45 Public reading of the Augsburg Confession (Articles I­ - XXI)
2:15 Q & A with presenters
2:45 Responsive Prayer (Itinerarium)
3:30 Gemutlichkeit

+++ Register online with PayPal at gethsemane-­lcms.org +++

Home Church________________________________________

$20 per person or $30 per couple

Mail to:

Conference on the Augsburg Confession
℅ Deacon Joe Greene
6460 Twp Rd 49
Lexington, OH 44904
(419) 362­1065

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Lutheran Propers - special offer

For sale in bulk quantities for congregational use:

The Lutheran Propers
Second Printing

This book retails for $23.00, but we are offering it in bulk quantities (15 copies or more) for congregational use at a special discount price of $16.00 apiece plus s&h.*

This is the product of several years of editing materials from seasonal booklets which had been at use at St. Paul’s in Kewanee, Illinois (home of Gottesdienst) since 1998. In this book, the musical settings for the propers are taken from The Concordia Liturgical Series for Church Choirs (Walter E. Buszin, ed.: St. Louis: Concordia, 1942, 1944). They were prepared for use with the musical setting of the common service first published in The Lutheran Hymnal in 1941, and now published in Lutheran Service Book as setting 3 of the Divine Service. St. Paul’s has been using these propers with the common service for years, but they had gone out of print, until now. A major intention of this book is to make these beautiful musical settings more easily available for congregational use.  Every Sunday and Feast Day is provided, with readings (historic lectionary) and recommended hymns. For convenience, the common service itself is provided (words only), and there is an appendix of hymns, some of which are new, and some of which are were omitted in either TLH or LSB.

The errata, listed on a separate sheet inserted in the first printing, are all corrected in the second printing.

You can go online to www.Lulu.com to get a sampling of the material, but in order to take advantage of this special offer, you’ll need to order directly from Gottesdienst: provide the information needed on this form and email it to us. We’ll send an invoice with your shipment.


Address______________________ City_________State______ZIP______

Quantity (15 minimum)______ (Your total will be 16 times this number, plus s&h*)

*s&h goes down per book as the size of the order goes up: it’s about $1.50  per book if your order is close to 15 copies: about $1.00 per book if it’s around 50, a little less than that if it’s closer to 100, around 75¢ if it’s around 200, etc.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Gottesdienst Needs Your Help

Every year about this time we send to all the friends of the Lutheran Liturgy we know to consider seriously whether you can help us out. We simply cannot produce Gottesdienst, something we have been publishing since 1992, without significant donations. We really do depend on them.  And right about now reservoir is running pretty low, frankly.
Think about this, if you would: Gottesdienst exists because liturgical worship is under assault, and we are persuaded that the reason this is so is that, to put it simply, the devil doesn’t like liturgical worship. C. S. Lewis’s Uncle Screwtape would be as pleased as could be if he could convince unsuspecting churchgoers that they are “getting God” by being entertained and wooed by the pleasant sounds of praise bands as they are called to worship.  When this happens, when people “just praise God” in their own waywhich is generally shallow and devoid of much of the Gospel, except for perhaps an occasional nod to Jesus’ namethey are really being mesmerized and lulled into thinking that God is thus pleased with their praise.  So Screwtape has fooled them: “See what fine Christians you are, as you ‘groove on’ in your worship ways,” grinning inwardly because he knows he has stolen from them the one thing needful, Mary’s part, that was not taken from her.
Christian worshipGottesdienstis first and foremost about receiving God’s gifts, which are the Gospel and the Sacraments, and not about “just praising Him.”  And Christian people meet Christ in the way of Jacob, who awoke from his dream and exclaimed, “Truly God was in this place and I did not know it!” Christian people rejoice that Jesus receives sinners and eats with them.  And their true and holy joy is not fooled by the follies of ‘contemporary’ settings that distract and pull the heart and mind away from the Gospel, however subtly. 
Do you know what we mean?  If you do, then you must also know why we exist, both in this online form and in print.  And then you will understand why we unabashedly ask for your help.
Will you support Gottesdienst?  Become a part of who we are.  When we say lightly that our subscribers are “Gottesdiensters,” we actually mean something serious: you are with us in our desire to reach the world with Christ, and to worship Him in Spirit and truth. 
Our pledge to our donors is to make the most of donations in every way we can.
To donate, click here. You can use PayPal account or else simply with MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.  Or send a check to Gottesdienst, c/o St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 109 South Elm Street, Kewanee, IL 61443
With a donation of $50 or more we’ll even send you a complementary copy of our new Gottesdienst book The Lutheran Propers.  This volume contains the musical settings of all the Sunday propers edited by Walter Buszin in the early 1940s, intended for use with the settings of the common service with which so many of us a very familiar (TLH page 15; LSB setting 3), as well as suggested hymns, and an order of service containing brief rubrics for the laity.

And incidentally a $1,000 donation, if you’re up to it, comes with a lifetime subscription.  But whatever you’re able to give, we’ll appreciate, and all the readership of Gottesdienst will reap the rewards.

+ Burnell F Eckardt,  Jr.