Archive for October 2011

Reformation Sermon at Historic Trinity—Detroit, Michigan

President Harrison preached at on John 8:31-36 at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church this past Reformation Sunday.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

The choir, handbells, brass, and organ played at the three services offered that morning.

President Harrison also preached at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, Michigan that afternoon at a choral vespers service. The choir, brass, and organ led the singing there as well.

Rev. Jon D. Vieker
Senior Assistant to the President

President Harrison's Open Forum for the ANCA-LCMS Dialogue

President Harrison's Open Forum Address

President Harrison gave an address at the ACNA-LCMS Open Forum held at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne on Thursday, October 27, 2011. The video of President Harrison’s presentation is provided below in three parts.

– Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations–Assistant to the President

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

ACNA-LCMS Dialogue III — Day 2

ACNA-LCMS Dialogue III Group

Today was the final day of the third dialogue session between the ACNA and the LCMS. The group agreed that discussions were profitable and that another dialogue should be held in the spring of 2012. Russ Jones of OneNewsNow wrote a story about the dialogue that is reproduced below.

– Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations

Churches dialogue re: culture, faith
Russ Jones – OneNewsNow – 10/28/2011 10:55:00 AM
Two Christian church unions are discussing the challenges of maintaining an orthodox evangelical faith. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) are in Fort Wayne, Indiana, discussing trends in the modern church.

The event is the third installment of a four-part dialogue between the two church bodies, which began the dialogue in 2010. Speakers are meeting at Concordia Theological Seminary under the theme “Contemporary Issues Facing the Church in North America.” While the two denominations are not partner churches, representatives say the forum addresses topics where the culture has impacted the church — such as same-sex “marriage,” adoption by homosexuals, and the ordination of practicing homosexual men and women.

“Dr. Jonathan Riches … from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, [told our open forum] that the church cannot let the culture take it over,” says Dr. Albert Collver III, director of church relations and assistant to the LCMS president. Collver tells OneNewsNow he is hopeful the dialogue with the ACNA will help strengthen and encourage creedal and evangelical Christians in what the denomination calls “the last dark days.” “By ‘creedal’ we mean people who accept the Apostles’/Nicene/Athanasian Creed and who … take the creed very seriously — not simply as historical documents, but as confessions of faith, which both the Missouri Synod and the Anglican Church in North America do.”

The next session of the dialogue, tentatively planned for May 12-13 on the campus of the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, will address the theme of “Authority in the Church.”

ACNA–LCMS Dialogue III

ACNA-LCMS Dialogue III at Walther Library

The third dialogue between the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) on “Contemporary Issues Facing the Church in North America,” began on 27 October 2011 on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. Presentations engaged the question of the ordination of women to the office of Holy Ministry and on other challenges facing the church such as post-humanism and trans-humanism. The first dialogue, held 10-11 November 2010 in Saint Louis at Concordia Seminary, focused on the historical backgrounds of the ANCA and the LCMS. The second dialogue, held 12-13 May 2011 held in Bluebell, PA at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, focused on the question of authority, both Scriptural authority and ecclesial authority.

Participants from the Anglican Church in North America (ANCA) included: Dr. Grant LeMarquand, Professor of Biblical Studies and Mission at Trinity School for Ministry, Dr. Jonathan Riches, Assistant Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Liturgics and Theology at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, and Bishop Ray Sutton, Diocese of Mid-America, REC/ACNA and Chair of Ecumenical Relations Task Force (ACNA).

Participants from the LCMS included: Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President, Dr. Frederic Baue, Pastor Emeritus, Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations, Dr. Joel Lehenbauer, Executive Director of the CTCR, Dr. Lawrence Rast, President of Concordia Theological Seminary, and Rev. Larry Vogel, Associate Executive Director CTCR.

Participants from the LCC included, Dr. John Stephenson

Dr. John Stephenson Preaching in Kramer Chapel

Rev. Dr. John Stephenson, Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary Brock University of the Lutheran Church – Canada (LCC), preached in Kramer Chapel on Matthew 15:1-9.

After lunch, the group toured the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary.

ACNA-LCMS Group Touring CTSFW Campus

While there are many areas of agreement between the ACNA and the LCMS, there also are differences. The dialogue has taken an open and honest approach in recognizing differences between the church bodies. President Harrison noted that Herman Sasse said that there is more fellowship between Christians who honestly disagree with one another than with Christians who gloss over or who agree to disagree about their differences.

At 7 PM, there will be an Open Forum, featuring President Matthew Harrison of the LCMS and Dr. Jonathan Riches of the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, speaking about contemporary issues facing the church. The public is invited to attend the open forum.

Some photos from the dialogue.

The agenda for the dialogue is posted below:

Dialogue III Schedule-final