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Hymn Festival for Walter R. Bouman

"Alleluia! jesus is risen!"

a hymn festival in gratitude for the life of walter r. bouman

Join family, friends, and former students of the Rev. Dr. Walter R. Bouman (1929-2005) for a celebratory hymn festival at 7 p.m., Friday, September 11, in the Gloria Dei Worship Center.

The evening will feature 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. Featured organists include James Gladstone, Linda Kempke, and May Schwarz, all former students of Dr. Bouman.

This event is being produced solely by gifts of generous private donors. We warmly invite you to join them through your own gifts in any amount. Recognition of all donors will be included in the hymn festival bulletin. Sponsors (non-monetary) include Trinity Lutheran Seminary, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (Columbus chapter), and the Center for Church Music at Concordia University Chicago.

Please visit this page to contribute. Select "financial gifts" and then the Bouman hymn festival under "Musical performances." Funds received above and beyond hymn festival costs will go to support the Walter R. and Janet A. Bouman Chair in Church Music at the seminary. Thank you!


About walter r. bouman

Walter R. Bouman was the Edward C. Fendt Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, where he taught from 1971 until his death 10 years ago. He was thoroughly devoted to his students, to the church, and to God’s people. Bouman’s curriculum vitae featured long lists 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 Cascade Mountains of Washington to New York City, from small towns in Australia to tiny villages in Africa, and on to the cities of Europe. Face-to-face interaction always energized him.

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 prepared 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 are being published by Lutheran University Press.

Alleluia! Now we cry

to our Lord immortal,
who triumphant burst the bars
of the tomb’s dark portal;
Alleluia! With the Son
God the Father praising;
Alleluia! Yet again
to the Spirit raising.

“Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain,” ELW 363

Co-sponsors for this event include:

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