Paul Gerhardt Hymn Festival

Paul Gerhardt Hymn Festival
March 18, 2007
3:00 p.m.
Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Concordia Seminary will hold a Paul Gerhardt Hymn Festival on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 p.m. in The Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. The festival will commemorate the work of Lutheran hymn writer Paul Gerhardt, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of his birth.

Participating in the celebration will be the Concordia Seminary Chorus and Pro Musica Sacra, under the direction of Rev. Henry V. Gerike, and eight guest organists from Lutheran churches in the St. Louis area. The service will include commentary and Scripture readings, in addition to hymns.

Song of the Gospel, Vol. 2—Chorale Preludes on the Hymns of Paul Gerhardt, published by Concordia Publishing House, will be released and available for purchase at a reception in the Seminary’s library following the festival.

A buffet banquet, featuring guest speaker Carl Schalk, Lutheran composer, professor and historian, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Wartburg Dining Hall. Tickets to the banquet cost $18.

Born in Gräfenhainichen, Germany, in 1607, Paul Gerhardt was one of the greatest hymn writers of the church. He authored over 100 hymns that are still being sung throughout the world today, including “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You?” and “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness.” In addition to being the most well-known German hymnist next to Martin Luther, Gerhardt was a faithful and orthodox Lutheran pastor who served amidst much turmoil and adversity.

For more information or to order banquet tickets, please contact Seminary Relations, Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105; (314) 505-7370;

Banquet Reservation Form


Trading Up

Last Tuesday, as President Bush got off the Helicopter in front of the White House, he was carrying a baby piglet under each arm.   The squared away Marine guard snaps to attention, salutes, and says:  “Nice pigs, sir.” The President replies “These are not pigs these are authentic Arkansas Razorback Hogs. I got one for Senator Hillary Clinton and I got one for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.”  The squared away Marine again snaps to attention, salutes, and says, “Excellent trade, sir.”

HT: Balaam’s Ass

My name is Jesus. How may I assist you today?

 Yup… that’s right. Jesus helped me online today at That is some customer service!

Marquart Endowment for Haiti


I thought I should pass this along. Thanks to Pastor Petersen for highlighting this on Cyberstones.

The CTS 2007 graduating class has established an endowment to support theological education in Haiti.

The website is:

I heartily recommend that you consider this as a worthy option for mission contributions from yourself, your congregation, your school, or whatever else comes to mind. Please help me in spreading the word. You can announce this on your e-mail list, your blog, or your congregation, or just to a friend.

Donations can be made online through the website or by sending a check to:

Kurt Marquart Fund
c/o Peter Gregory
Concordia Theological Seminary
6600 N. Clinton St
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Thanks for considering this worthy mission option!

Worship Quote

“If you are going to have a praise band…. at least have a lament band too.”

-Dr. Charles Arand

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Book seven comes out on July 21, 2007! That means I will be in light before midnight on the 20th. I did the whole line thing for book five, but gave up on it for book six. I was at camp when book five came out so it took me a few days to finish it. Book six I finished after reading for 13 straight hours (with breaks for the necessities). I’m hoping to clean up a major paper that I wrote in college regarding book banning and Harry Potter. I’d like to add to it by responding to some of the charges made against the book by Christians and also provide a good resource list on the book.