Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Advent Preaching Workshop

Prepare the Way

Luther’s Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio

November 7, 2017

Presenter: Prof. John T. Pless

(Dr. Gary Zieroth was originally scheduled to lead this workshop, but is unable to be here.)

Each of the three Advent midweek sermons will be structured aground Luther’s famous triad. Utilizing the Service of Prayer and Preaching in the Lutheran Service Book, the services will also incorporate the Introduction and first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer:

Midweek I Oratio–Introduction/First Petition

Midweek II Meditatio–Second Petition

Midweek III Tentatio–Third Petition

The workshop itself will explore Luther’s understanding of oratio, meditatio and tentatio. Suggestions for homiletical approaches that connect each of these words to the teaching of the Small and Large Catechism will be presented through the lens of Advent. Liturgical materials for each week will also be provided to participants. It is suggested that participants read Luther’s “Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther’s German Writings, 1539” (AE 34:279-288) and Praying Luther’s Small Catechism by John T. Pless, pp. 51-77 prior to the workshop.


1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Presentation
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Presentation (continued)


$40 (includes evening meal)

For More Information Contact:

Nayva Mulder

Prof. John T. Pless

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
Director of Field Education


Rev. John T. Pless joined the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, faculty in 2000. He is assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and also serves as director of Field Education.

He is a graduate of Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, Texas (B.A.), and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio (M.Div.). He entered The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) by colloquy at CTSFW in 1983.

Prior to joining the faculty, he served for 17 years as campus pastor at University Lutheran Chapel at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. From 1979 to 1983, he served on the staff at the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University.

Pless is the author of Praying Luther’s Small CatechismHandling the Word of Truth: Law and Gospel in the Church Today, A Small Catechism on Human Life, Word: God Speaks to Us, Confession: God Gives Us Truth, Luther on the Care for the Sick and the Dying and two chapters in Lutheran Worship History and Practice. With LCMS President Rev. Matthew Harrison he is editor of Women Pastors? The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective. He served on the Agenda Committee for the Lutheran Service Book. He is book review editor for Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology and a member of the editorial council of Lutheran Quarterly.

A regular lecturer at various conferences both in the United States and overseas, Pless coordinates the Seminary’s annual Mercy Mission Expedition to Madagascar in partnership with the LCMS Board for World Relief and Human Care. He serves as co-president of the International Loehe Society and is a member of the LCMS Committee on the Sanctity of Human Life.

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