April 13, 2011



Preaching today as part of the Martin Luther Colloquy is the Rev. Dr. Joseph Donnella.  Dr. Donnella serves as chaplain at Gettysburg College, and has lectured and taught at LTSG regularly, as well as serving as an internship supervisor.

Receiving Communion Today

“Believing in the real presence of Christ, this church practices eucharistic hospitality. All baptized persons are welcomed to Communion when they are visiting in the congregations of this church.” (from the ELCA’s sacra­mental practices statement)

We'll be receiving the sacrament at stations today. Sim­ply come forward by the center aisle (in two lines), re­ceive the bread from the person in the center, then  go to the side to receive the wine from a common cup or pouring chalice.
As a sign of the unity the sacrament gives, we all share the same elements. If you are unable to receive wheat bread or wine, be sure that in a single element you re­ceive the Presence and all the gifts of the sacrament.
If you are not prepared to receive the elements today, but would like to come forward for a blessing, bring a copy of the bulletin with you -- that'll be the sign of your in­tention for the distributors.

Leadership During the Great Three Days

While the seminary will not be in session on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Eve, we will have services on those days – 11:55 PM on Thursday and Friday; 9 PM for the Easter Vigil. Leaders of all types are needed for these services. If you’d be interested in serving as a reader, assisting minister, cross-bearer, usher, cantor, or many other ways, please speak with Pr. Oldenburg. More specific sign up sheets will be available in the rear of the chapel and by the mailboxes.

Upcoming in Chapel
Thurs., April 14 11:55 AM
Handing on the 7th  petition of the Lord’s Prayer, led by Joel Bussard
Fri., April 15 11:55 AM
Handing on the Doxology of the Lord’s Prayer, Susan Hedahl preaching.
Mon., April 18 11:55 AM
MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK, James Arter preaching
Tues., April 19 11:55 AM
TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK, Rebecca Horn preaching
Wed., April 20  11:55 AM
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK, Christopher Litton preaching (note: this will not be a Communion service; there will be services on Thursday noon and Saturday night).
Give Bread?

Bread for Holy Communion is often donated by mem­bers of the community. Simply sign up on the list in the back of the chapel, and bring the elements to the sacristy before the service. Sacristans will be glad to offer advice about amounts
Today's Offering
An offering is received at every service of Holy Com­munion at the chapel, and is given (at the direction of the Worship, Music, and Arts Committee) to an agency or cause outside the seminary community. This month’s of­fering will be donated to Lutheran Disaster Response, in recognition of the recent disasters in Japan, and upcoming floods in the Upper Midwest.

Next Evening Eucharist
About once a month the weekly Communion service is held in the evening, so that members of the community who are not present during the day may take part. The next of these services is scheduled for 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 23, the Great Vigil of Easter.


On the bulletin board in the back of the chapel is a sheet asking for intercessory prayers. Assisting ministers will take this list down on Wednesdays for inclusion in the prayers of the church at our weekly Communion service. You might want to put people or causes for which the community might pray on that list at any time, and check it regularly for your own prayer life!

For Whom Else Are We Praying?

Along with intercessions for the people on that list, there are a number of prayers we offer regularly in chapel. In the prayers of the church each Wednesday, we remember several interns and their families. On Tuesdays, we in­clude a partner in the Washington Theological Consor­tium or the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries. On Thursdays, we thank God for the continuing ministry of a reunion class of alums.

Save the OnGoing Dates!

Every Monday-Thursday at 10 PM in the quad fountain (Heiges Common Room if raining)
Anyone interested is welcome to gather for Night Prayer. For more information, contact Daniel Clark at dclark@Ltsg.edu. 

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8 AM in Valentine 311

Anyone interested is welcome to join in a prayerful reading of Scripture, using Luther’s version of lectio divina to attend to the lessons for the next Sunday. For more information, see Pr. Oldenburg

Second and Fourth Sundays of the Month,  6 PM at Christ Lutheran Church
This congregation is providing a Celtic Service on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, featuring Irish and Scottish music and the traditions of Celtic spirituality – a commitment to meditation, the Trinity, equality and care for the earth.

Save the Dates!
Fri. and Sat., Apr. 15 and 16 at the Majestic Theatre
The Sunderman Conservatory presents The Magic Flute. Mozart’s music, Kathleen Sassnett’s singing and direction, Masonic imagery – who could ask for anything more?
Sun., Apr. 17 at 7:30 in our chapel
Music, Gettysburg! presents Solemn Vespers for Passion Sunday, including some of the most heart-rending music of the last 500 years, including a musical setting of the Passion according to St. John. Free and open to all.
Handing over for Lent
In the chapel services throughout Lent, we’ll be spending some time with old friends. Communion services, festivals and commemorations will take place as usual, but if none of these fall on a weekday, the service will focus on a part of the catechism. We’ve already attended to the articles of the Apostles Creed, and are starting the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer in the next week. This is very much in line with the catechetical origins of Lent (and the baptismal emphases of the Gospel readings appointed for Sunday). Whatever your Lenten discipline, going back to the fundamentals of the faith can only help!

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