The service of Advent Lessons and Carols, held this past Sunday, 7 December, in the Martin Luther Chapel at Concordia, is our chance to share the celebration of the season before the semester break. President Winger explains the purpose in the introduction to the service when he notes: “The Procession with Carols on Advent Sunday is a collegiate tradition that gives students the opportunity to anticipate Christmas together before heading home for the holidays.” It is also an opportunity for the seminary community—or perhaps better stated, the seminary family—to give back to the circle of supporters it has.
Area pastors, especially the field-work supervisors, members of the Seminary Guild, and anyone else connected with the seminary and close-by that day, is invited to join us as we rehearse Advent lessons and songs and remind one another that our Saviour and salvation are, as the hymn-writer expressed it: “Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds began to be. He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He, of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see evermore and evermore.” (LSB 384,1) This year fifty guests and participants took part. Special thanks again to Diane Humann and the Resurrection Lutheran Church choir.
After the reverberations of the majestic “Lo! He Come with Clouds Descending” (LSB 336) slowly dissipated and light refreshments were been enjoyed, the students, staff, faculty, and friends moved the festivities to Resurrection Lutheran Church, where the Concordia Seminary Students’ Association (CSSA) hosted the annual festive family gathering.