“Restoring Lutheran Sacramental Piety”

2019 Worship Conference

Saturday, August 17

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church (901 SW Fillmore, Topeka, KS)

Cost: $25, lunch included


St. John’s is hosting its third annual Worship Conference to provide continuing education and conversation for pastors and church musicians. Congregation members are also encouraged to attend if they find it useful to their learning.

The keynote speaker for this conference is Dr. Joseph Herl, assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University Nebraska, where he teaches courses in music history, music theory, and church music. He is the author of the book, “Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism: Choir, Congregation, and Three Centuries of Conflict,” and is also known for his choral and organ compositions, as well as his contributions to the Lutheran Service Book.

Dr. Joseph Herl

Conference Schedule:

9:00 — 9:30 a.m. — “Meet and Greet” with coffee and refreshments
9:30 a.m. — Service of Matins
10:00 — 11:05 a.m. Part 1: What sixteenth—century Lutherans experienced in church by Dr. Herl
11:10 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.Breakout A
12:00 — 12:40 p.m. — Lunch Break
12:40 — 2:05 p.m. Part 2: Sacramental piety since the seventeenth century by Dr. Herl
2:10 — 3:00 p.m.Breakout B
3:00 — 3:30 p.m. — Service of Vespers


For summaries of the workshop presentations, click the titles above. Information on the workshops will be available on this page by August 1. The workshops are specific to pastors and church musicians, but laypeople are certainly welcome to attend.

To Register:

Follow this LINK, or download and complete the registration form and email it to Bethany Johnson (bjohnson@stjlcms.org) or mail it to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church (901 SW Fillmore, Topeka, KS). Payments can be made by either mailing them to the address above or at the conference when you arrive.


All Breakout Sessions