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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Prague Conference and Vespers -- First Day

Attendees of the Lutheran Theological Conference in Prague
On 4 October 2011, the Lutheran Theological Conference in Prague, a.k.a. the Klaipėda Conference, began with attendees from twenty-one countries including England, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Japan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Czech Republic, Hungry, Slovakia, Poland, Sweden, Norway, and the United States. This is the ninth conference in the "Klaipėda" series. The Lutheran Theological Conference is co-sponsored by the Office of the LCMS President, Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations,  and Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill, Dean of International Studies of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. The theme for the Prague conference is Lutheranism in the 21st Century.

Rev. James Krikava Presents on Lutheran Mission in Czech Republic
Rev. James Krikava, an ELS pastor from Trinity Lutheran in Brewster, Massachusetts, presented on the history of both Christian and Lutheran mission to the Czech lands, focusing particularly on the Lutheran efforts after the fall of communism. Dr. Charles Evanson presented on Lutheran ecclesiology, while Rev. Michael Albrecht presented on Lutheran missions in India. After the lectures, the group returned to St. Michael's for vesper service.

Dr Collver Leads Vespers While President Harrison Prepares to Preach
The vesper service was from the Lutheran Service Book and featured hymn LSB 945, "Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved" by Juraj Tranovsky, the "slavic" Luther (click here to read a Lutheran Witness article about him) as a replacement for the kyrie. 

President Harrison preached on Matthew 17:1-8, "They saw no one but Jesus."

After the service, the conference attendees continued with fellowship. The second day of the conference is a full day beginning at 8:45 AM and concluding in the evening. Some additional photos are below.

St. Michael's from the Balcony

Stained Glass in St. Michael's

Jan Bygstad (Norway), Collver, Harrison

1 comment:

  1. Thank you making President Harrison's sermon available. Yes, "Jesus Only." Amen.