Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!

Hymn festival celebrates life of Walter R. Bouman

The public is warmly invited to join family, friends and former students of the late Rev. Dr. Walter R. Bouman for a hymn festival honoring his life, teaching and writings to be held on the tenth anniversary of Bouman’s death. The event will take place at Trinity Lutheran Seminary on Friday, September 11 at 7 p.m.

Music to be sung will include a variety of beloved hymns in festive settings, as well as Bach’s Cantata Erhalt uns, Herr, von deinem Wort, BWV 126, performed by the Muskingum University Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Zebulon Highben, and the premiere of a new motet by Carl Schalk on Psalm 118:17 dedicated to Bouman (“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord”).

Featured organists are James Gladstone of Saginaw, Michigan; Linda Kempke of Rocky River, Ohio; and May Schwarz, of Trinity Lutheran Seminary. All are former Bouman students.

The Rev. Dr. Walter R. Bouman

The Rev. Dr. Walter R. Bouman

Walter R. Bouman was the Edward C. Fendt Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Trinity Lutheran Seminary from 1971 until his death 10 years ago. He was thoroughly devoted to the church, its people and especially to his students. His curriculum vitae featured a long list of lectures, presentations and sermons he delivered throughout his career. He taught and preached the Word of God around the globe – from Holden Village in the North Range of the Cascade Mountains of Washington to New York City, from small towns in Australia to tiny villages in Africa and on to cities of Europe. Face-to-face interaction always energized him.

Bouman’s theology was grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “The resurrection of Jesus was and is the starting point for Christianity, for its faith and witness, for its mission and calling,” he wrote in a popular handbook on discernment handed to every entering student at Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

The hymn festival “Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!” not only honors Bouman’s legacy but also heralds two new publications – Jesus Is Risen: Theology for the Church, Bouman’s two-volume systematic theology edited posthumously by Dr. Ann Lee Haut, and Alleluia!, a commemorative volume of essays on topics of lifelong concern to Bouman, written by leading scholars, pastors and theologians who knew him. Both will be published this summer by Lutheran University Press.

The freewill offering will go to the Walter R. and Janet A. Bouman Chair in Church Music at Trinity Seminary. For more information, contact Nancy Raabe at 614.214.2639 or nancy@nancyraabe.com, or see the seminary’s web site at http://www.tlsohio.edu/news-events/upcoming-events/bouman-hymnfest.