May 2022

The LCMS Northern Illinois District held two nearly identical Ascension Services with Installation of officers elected at The 60th Convention Of The Northern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod on May 22, 2022 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois and at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tinley Park, Illinois.

These Spirit-filled gatherings included performing the Rite of Installation for the District President Rev. Dr. Allan Buss by Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

The Guest Preacher at both services was Rev. Dr. Thomas Egger, President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The text for his sermon focused on the convention theme: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” Colossians 3:16. “Every new cycle of life, every new milestone, and season gives us the opportunity to reflect on things, to start afresh, to take another run…as you do so…Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” 

Serving during the Installation Service:

Preacher: 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – Rev. Dr. Thomas Egger, President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Preacher: 2:00 p.m. – Rev. Matthew Hoffman; 5:00 p.m. – Rev. Rick Schauer

Installation of District President 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – Rev. Dr. Allan R. Buss

Lectors: 2:00 p.m. – Rev. Jesus Morales and Rev. Angel Morales; 5:00 p.m. – Rev. Steve Warren and Rev. Brian Mayo

Organist: 2:00 p.m. – Dr. David Christiansen; 5:00 p.m. Jason Michalec

Vocalists: 2:00 p.m. – Larry Adams and Jessye Wright

Musicians/Choir: 5:00 p.m. School Chimes Choir; Combined Adult Choir; Flutist – Megan Melone

A offering to support future Church Workers was gathered as well as prayers to the Lord of the Harvest for more workers.

Full convention information is available on our website at

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WORD: Helping congregations be more centered on a rich life of Word and Sacrament, with congregational support in transitions as well as time of joys and sorrows.

WELLNESS: Promoting and encouraging health and vitality in congregations, schools, ministries, professional workers and lay-leaders.

WITNESS: Encouraging personal witnessing, congregational engagement with their community, support of our NID partnerships and missions and sharing in a world mission field together.

Installation Services Held for NID Officers