An Ember Day* educational event for all who preach: Pastors, Deacons, & Lay Worship Leaders

September 12, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Butler, PA

Watch the recording from this day designed to rekindle a passion for preaching the gospel by gathering with colleagues, sharing peer support, and learning the latest scholarship of the book of "Matthew." Starting the with a gospel reading and sermon (0:08:24), Bishop Kusserow leads a presentation (0:20:27) on ideas for teaching this gospel. Whether you watch this study feeling like the ideas have run out and nothing is making a difference, or that preaching is a joyful experience of calling, together we search for takeaways and an ignited energy for the pulpit. 
*Unfamiliar with the tradition of Ember Days? Philip H. Pfatteicher sheds light on these observances in Journey into the Heart of God: Living the Liturgical Year:

"The turning of the four season of the natural world has been incorporated into the church's calendar. These are the Ember Days, the name derived from the German Quatember, a corruption of quattuor tempore, "the four times." ... Recognizing an increasing estrangement from the agricultural setting of the Church's calendar, [the Church] replaced the Ember Days with prayer for various needs set by regional conferences of Bishops... but eventually replaced by quarterly lectures and examinations in the catechism." (p.67)