We welcome musician Richard Bruxvoort Colligan to worship this Sunday! Richard is a contemporary songwriter/theologian who has created extensive pieces of music for worship. His style is fresh, insightful and spiritually engaging. I knew Richard when he led Wednesday evening vespers at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa back in the 1990s. Everybody raved about his spiritual leadership then. And a few years ago, when he was the featured musician at one of our Lutheran gatherings, I learned that God has led him into a fruitful career as a musician for the church! Lifting up the gifts of contemporary theologian musicians is a part of our great Lutheran reforming heritage. Thus, by Richard's presence with us, we are lifting up the celebration of this five hundredth anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in 2017 in another really special way. Thank you to the Midvale Community Lutheran Endowment for making visit possible. Please join me in both welcoming Richard Bruxvoort Colligan at worship this Sunday AND in experiencing the Word of God in fresh, creative ways!