In a sense, attending the Symposia is a unique opportunity for us outsiders, because it offers us a chance to participate in the life of the seminary for a week. Attending the presentations is a little like going to class, albeit with a lot of material. Interacting with the rest of the community is valuable. And one of the really nice things is the ability to participate in the various worship services, including the Divine Service if you’re there on Monday.
There’s something very beautiful about hearing the voices of so many men, and a few women, filling Kramer Chapel. It’s a treat to attend daily services, something that’s not available back at home. Walking through those doors is like entering another world, one free from all the worries and pressures of a hectic existence. One can sit and appreciate the choir, the organ, the cantor, the words of the sermon, all the while resting in Christ. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
Thanks to President Larry Rast, the faculty, staff, and students of Concordia Theological Seminary for sharing your campus with us. It’s greatly appreciated.
photo credit: Bob Myers