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The Spirit in Worship and
in the Spirit Presenter
Professor Max Johnson
Maxwell E. Johnson is professor of liturgical studies in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (BA), Wartburg Theological Seminary (MDiv.), Saint John's School of Theology, Collegeville, MN (MA), and the University of Notre Dame (Ma, PhD). Widely published in the field of liturgical studies and a frequent presenter to diverse audiences, Johnson's specific interests include the rites of Christian Initiation, the feasts and seasons of the Liturgical Year, Christian Liturgy in the first centuries of Christianity, as well as contemporary liturgical-ecumenical issues.
The Holy Spirit and Lutheran Worship
Lutheran theology has always considered Word and Sacrament to be the tools by which "the Holy Spirit produces faith in those who hear the Gospel where and when it pleases God" (Augsburg Confession, Article V). Until quite recently, however, this theology has not been clearly expressed liturgically. This presentation will focus on the recovery, various formulations, locations, and theology of a Spirit-epiclesis in modern Lutheran baptismal and eucharistic liturgies.