WELS Synod Anniversary
The Synodical Conference: Founded on Fundamental Unity
Join us for a worship service and presentation commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Synodical Conference.
Worship begins at 2:00 pm at St John followed by a presentation – The Synodical Conference: Founded on Fundamental Unity
Date: Sunday, July 10, 2022; Worship service at 2:00 pm followed by a presentation at 3:00 pm
Location: St John Lutheran Church 804 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, Wis.
Presenter: Pastor Peter Prange
On July 10, 1872, Professor Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther stepped into the pulpit at Pastor Johann Bading’s church, St. John, Milwaukee, and exclaimed, “O blessed and holy day!” He was preaching the opening sermon at the inaugural convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America and expressing his unmitigated joy that he had lived to see this day. With the Spirit’s help, six confessional Lutheran church bodies in the American Midwest had forged a gospel ministry partnership that could and would have a profound impact on American and world Lutheranism for decades. But had these synods discovered complete doctrinal agreement? They hadn’t, nor did they expect to find it. Instead, the Synodical Conference was founded on what Walther described as “fundamental unity,” as Pastor Peter M. Prange will explain in this presentation to mark the 150th anniversary of the Synodical Conference’s first convention. How did our forefathers define fundamental unity? Come and find out.
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