St. Michaels Conference 2023

The 2023 St. Michael Liturgical Conference: Monday, September 25

The theme of the 2023 St. Michael Liturgical Conference is ““Liturgical Worship:  Preaching, the Holy Liturgy, and Hymnody.”

This Twenty-fourth annual St. Michael Liturgical Conference will focus on preaching, the Holy Liturgy and Occasional Services, and a new Lutheran hymnal.

Keynote Address:  Fr. Karl Fabrizius - “Water Flowing from the Temple: Bringing Life to Every Creature”  Fr. Fabrizius will explore and expound on the importance of Ezekiel's river from the temple in connection with your preaching.  The preacher should not be content with the stagnant pools at the edge of the river of life, but swim in the rushing currents that bring life to the nations.

Q & A with Fr. Fabrizius & Panel Discussion -  Fr. Mark Braden, Pastor of Zion, will facilitate a Q & A period during which conference attendees can interact with Fr. Fabrizius on his keynote presentation. 

A Panel Discussion by this years’ presenters, joined by several distinguished guests and select Gottesdienst editors, will follow the Q&A.  Questions from Conference attendees will be answered and discussed by the panel.

Workshops:  A New Video, Lochner’s Liturgical Forms, and the Protest’ant Hymnal.   Dr. Eckardt will present and provide commentary on the new Gottesdienst video of a Lutheran Mass conducted by an Ordained Pastor with one lay assistant.  Fr. Braden will discuss and explore Friedrich Lochner’s 1894 Liturgical Forms and the Shorter Liturgical Works, with input and commentary from its translator.  Dr. Reuning will present and explore sections of the soon to be published Protes’tant hymnal, Te Laudamus.


8:15 a.m.         Registration

9:00 a.m.         Holy Communion

10:45 a.m.       Keynote Address

12:00 p.m.       Sext

12:15 p.m.       Luncheon

                        Greetings from our Bishop

1:15 p.m.         Q & A and Panel Discussion

2:15 p.m.         Break

2:30 p.m.         Organ Recital

3:00 p.m.         Workshops

4:45 p.m.         Solemn Vespers

 till 7:00 p.m.   Gemütlichkeit


The registration fee is $40 before September 15th. After September 15th the registration fee is $50.  Registration includes the cost of the conference, distribution materials, breaks, lunch, and the Gemütlichkeit.  Registration for Seminary and pre-Seminary students is free before September 15.