Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Saint Timothy Society Installs a Chaplain; Kroemer Library Dedicates the Murray Room; And a Fine Time Was Had By All

Elsewhere on this blog the comment was made that January 20th of 2017 would see events that ranged from huge to less huge to tiny.  From the point of view of the Saint Timothy Society, these are happy times for many reasons, including the installation of a Chaplain, and the dedication of the Murray Room at Kroemer Libary at Concordia Theological Seminary.  We would like to express our gratitude to Concordia Theological Seminary, the Rev. Dr. Murray, and all those who made possible and joined us for the events on January 20th.

Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has distinguished itself in the last few years in its efforts toward theological education overseas.  From Kazakhstan to Odessa to South Africa to Sweden the seminary has been active in sending its faculty ("Deployed" seems to be their term of art for this) and receiving students who return to their home countries to continue the work of the Church.  We at the Saint Timothy would also like to express our thanks and gratitude for the work of Concordia Fort Wayne, the last example of which was their willingness to let us use Kramer Chapel for the installation of our Chaplain.  Other notable achievements at CTSFW has been fund raising for Kroemer Library and the creation and dedication of The Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray Conference Room there:

Here is a better picture of the tile "Alpha Omega" at the entrance to the room:

The officiant for the installation was the eponymous Dr. Murray himself (2nd from right), with the Rev. Tom Aadland participating (on the right).  Also in the picture below are Chris Barnekov (Director, on the left) and Gordon Bynum (Director and Chaplain, 2nd from left).

The service was held around the baptismal font at the rear of Kramer Chapel and followed the order of None.   Kramer Chapel is an interesting combination of an Eero Saarinen architectural design (as is most of the campus of the seminary, sometimes described as a combination of Nordic village and "Neo-Futuristic" styles) with more traditional art in the rear of the chapel starting with the baptismal font itself:

My favourite is the dome above the baptistry:

This is all located underneath the chapel organ and choir:

Which is an excellent 56 rank Schlicker instrument. You can see other pictures of the Chapel on the seminary website.

And should you find yourself walking down the basement, you will notice this:

We did not use the organ, but if you have the chance, you should hear it. The seminary uses it regularly for chapel services in the morning during the regular school year (but not so much during Summer School, so check their calendar). If you would like to see what we did, here is the Order of None which will open in a separate window:

Or you can download the order here:

The other events of that week are mentioned elsewhere on this blog. Concordia Fort Wayne hosted not just the Theological Symposia that week, but also joint meetings of the boards of the seminaries in Fort Wayne and Saint Louis. The Saint Tim Society is grateful for their help and cooperation during such an active time. As for that truly YUUGE event that occurred on 12 noon the same day, we also wish our president the best of luck, and we will keep him in our prayers as well.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Saint Timothy, Pastor and Confessor, January 24th

If you exclude all that excitement in Washington, D.C., January was a relatively uneventful month, but there were a few bright spots.  On January 20th, at 2pm, the Chaplain for the Saint Timothy Society was installed into office.  And today, January 24th, is the "minor" festival of Saint Timothy, Pastor and Confessor, our namesake.

The comment has been made elsewhere that the Lutheran church in our part of the world (the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in the United States) has "inherited a fortunate combination of observance and laziness".  Part of that fortunate combination is the festival of Saint Timothy, Pastor and Confessor, which is observed on January 24th in the Lutheran Service Book.  After the 1969 revision of the General Roman Calendar, the Roman Catholic Church now celebrates Saints Timothy and Titus together on January 26th (Francis de Sales is now remembered on the 24th), and Eastern Orthodoxy remembers Saint Timothy on January 22nd.  But we, lazily and observantly, have kept it on the 24th.

So what is worth remembering and celebrating about Saint Timothy?  Plenty, but perhaps the most noteworthy is the very simple fact that he was a faithful shepherd who guided and fed his flock so that they would be guided and received by the Good Shepherd "in the way that leads to life eternal", as the Collect for Saint Timothy puts it:

Lord Jesus Christ, You have always given to Your Church on earth faithful shepherds such as Timothy to guide and feed Your flock. Make all pastors diligent to preach Your holy Word and administer Your means of grace, and grant Your people wisdom to follow in the way that leads to life eternal; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The previous blog post mentioned that those looking for something quite modest following the "Yuuge" event at noon on January 20th would find just the sort of humble and low key affair at the installation of the Chaplain of the Saint Timothy Society at 2pm that same day at Kramer Chapel at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  And so it was, with a few of us praying the Order of None with the Rite of Installation.  Which order also has a remarkable Collect for that week in Epiphany:

O merciful Lord Jesus Christ, at this hour You did commend Your blessed spirit into the hands of Your heavenly Father; have mercy upon us and help us, that we being dead unto the world may live only to You, and that at the hour of our death we may be received by You into Your heavenly kingdom, where You reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Looking For A Somewhat Less "YUUUUGGGE" Event on January 20th? Try Kramer Chapel, Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne at 2pm.

Depending on your political point of view, January 20th 2017 will be either a great day or a terrible day.  On a far lesser scale, depending on your theological point of view, 2pm that same day may make your day slightly worse or better if you happen to be in the vicinity of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  In either event, you, dear readers, both well wishers and ill wishers, are invited to the installation of the Chaplain for the Saint Timothy Society at 2pm January 20th at Kramer Chapel on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne.

We here at the Saint Timothy Society try to let our modesty shine, so the installation service itself will probably be modest and not so shiny, something along the lines of daily prayer at None with an installation.  In addition to the YYYUUUUGGGE event in Washington at noon on the 20th, Concordia Fort Wayne will be having its Theological Symposia that week, "The Spirit of Reformation Exegesis" January 17 - 18, and “The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Continuing the Celebration” January 18 - 20 (both should be excellent).  That's plenty of huge for one week.  If you are tired of huge by Friday afternoon at 2pm, the installation may be just the thing.  The prayers of the saints, no matter how modest, are a wonderful thing, and we would love to have yours.