May 2021 Letter

Our Founding Father

 

On May 7th every church year we commemorate the life and ministry of Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther (1811 – 1887), the father of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. C.F.W. Walther emigrated from Saxony, Germany, with other Lutherans in 1839 and settled in Perry County, Missouri (approximately two hours south of present day St. Louis).

Walther served as pastor of several congregations in St. Louis, founded Concordia Seminary in 1839 (which was later moved to St. Louis in 1849), and in 1847 was instrumental in the formation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (then called the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States).

Pastor Walther served as the Synod’s first president from 1847 to 1850 and again from 1864 to 1878. He worked tirelessly to promote confessional Lutheran teaching and doctrinal agreement among all Lutherans in the United States. Walther was a prolific writer and public speaker, and among his most influential works are Church and Ministry and The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel.

O Lord, the light of minds that know You, the life of souls that love You, and the strength of the hearts that serve You, give us strength to follow the example of Your servant C.F.W. Walther, so that knowing You we may truly love You and loving You we may fully serve You—for to serve You is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

May Blessings!

 

Pastor David A. Feddern