Well, Hurricane Isaac literally just hit St. Louis and the torrential downpour has begun. This is good because it has been a bit since our first post and I needed something of significance to put on here.
I started Seminary orientation two days ago (Wednesday) and it felt much like starting first grade. Natalie took me to the bus stop where I promptly got on the wrong bus and then was 35 minutes late for the first session. If you are ever in St Louis, there are two different #17 buses at 6:22 and 6:26am. You want the 6:26 if you want to be on time for your first day at Seminary. All is well though because as I walked through the door into the crowded room Dr. Dale Meyer was pronouncing that Concordia Seminary was about Grace for all people. I felt relief. After that everything went smoothly, Natalie caught up with me for a couple of free meals and learned about the life of a Sem wife, heard from a group called SWA (Seminary Womens Association, pronounced ‘swah’).
Natalie has also been working at Faith Lutheran in Oakville, MO and Columbia, MO. She is getting ready for Sunday School or Kids Church as it is known at Faith. Natalie had a big win last week when her teacher training had 20 people show up and then give her positive feedback about all the things she shared with them. The congregation seems to be very receptive to her knowledge and demeanor.
Together we seem to be forming a deeper relationship spiritually and also with our community. We finished doing the KINDLE devotional and have moved onto Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It seems that the thoughts in this devotional have been very appropriate for each day that we read them. We are still meeting people and have realized that there is a moment when we stop ‘dating’ another couple and decide to be friends. I wont say who is who yet.
Finally, today was Opening Worship for the 174th year at Concordia Seminary St Louis. I registered officially, paid tuition (gulp), and scheduled an appointment with the campus nurse to explain why I no longer have a thyroid. Worship was something crazy. I don’t think Natalie or I have ever experienced something quite so loud in traditional worship. The voices were powerful and Dr Meyer did his best to encourage us in the academic theme for this year “Gladly Learn, Gladly Teach” from Chaucer.
Above is a picture from worship today with Prof. Mark Kempff, son of Redeemer Spokane member Betty Kempff. We are grateful to have a friend on the faculty and even more grateful for his hospitality in making us feel welcome.
We are currently praying for our congregation in Spokane, for the large number of families that have lost someone recently, for the transition and employment of our friends here, and for the our future here. Thank for your prayers and financial support! If you feel so inclined to help financially support us Redeemer Lutheran Church in Spokane is the best place to send the money, please mark it ‘Seminary Fund’.
We are reading:
Matt: Life together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Nat: The Gathered and Scattered Church by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay