A Visit to Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne and a Tour of the New Library
I had the unique opportunity, and distinct pleasure, of visiting my alma mater, Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The occasion was the Divine Service on Friday, at 10:00 a.m. when calls for deaconesses were issued and one placement for an internship was issued. There were not many calls. There was one issues in absetntia and one issues to one woman who was at the service. That woman happened to my mother, Jean McCain. She has received a call to be a deaconess at Grace Lutheran Church in Albion, Michigan, working with Pastor David Reed. I was invited to preach and preside at the Divine Service. As anyone who is familiar with CTS Fort Wayne knows, the Divine Service is conducted with great reverence, dignity and beauty, and this day was no exception. I managed not to garble the service up and all went well. I preached on the festival of St. Mary Magdalene, a fitting day for deaconesses. There were gathered that day a number of the Deaconess students.
If you are so inclined, you can listen to the entire Divine Service. The pulpit has a microphone, so you can hear the sermon clearly. Link here. I had the best results by letting the whole service download and then playing it in iTunes.
Afterward, Dr. Paul Grime gave me a tour of the new library facilities. Wow, simply amazing. Anyone who has not yet seen it will be, like me, simply blown away. It is gorgeous. It is so large it will hold the combined book collections (excluding duplicates) of all the books on the campus of CTS Fort Wayne and Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis. There is simply no other Lutheran theological library of this size in the world. It is stunning. I hope, like me, you are supporting the construction of the new library. You can keep up on the progress of construction at this site.