Almost two years ago, I was back in Wisconsin for the first face-to-face meeting of the Rites Committee of the WELS Hymnal Project. After the meetings were done, I caught up with a member of The Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee, a volunteer choir of WELS members that I had the pleasure of singing during three different segments of time between fall of 1992 and spring of 2001. For a while, I had been looking for someone who had a copy of the cassette tape of the Lutheran Chorale’s concert from spring of 1993, which was the last concert that Pastor Kurt Eggert directed before the Lord called him home that June.
As it turned out, not only did this person have a copy of that concert, but she also had cassette recordings of several other events involving Pastor Eggert. I was able to take these cassettes home and convert them to MP3 files. Some of the recordings included sermons that Pastor Eggert preached during his time at Atonement Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. While most of the sermons in that group of tapes were preached in connection with special events, there was one that was a “regular service” sermon. The sermon was based on Hebrews 12:18-24. The exact date is not certain, but it seems that it was preached in or close to 1980. The sermon theme (from what I can tell) was, “Almost Home.”
With its End Time emphasis, I thought I’d post that particular sermon now that we’re leaving the End Time emphasis of the end of the church year and entering the similar-but-different End Time emphasis found at the beginning of the new church year.