This report concerning the most recent Westfield House Sunday was contributed by Jacob Hercamp, a Westfield House Study Abroad Student from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) supports the work done by Westfield House through sending missionaries and other resources.
Westfield House is the house of theological studies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE), a partner church of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Located in Cambridge, England, and currently served by LCMS Globally Engaged in Outreach (GEO) missionary, Deaconess Ashley Prothro, Westfield House has an active involvement in the life of congregations of the ELCE. One way in which the students and faculty of Westfield House contribute to congregational life is through Westfield Sundays. On Westfield Sundays, students and faculty travel to one of the 14 congregations of the ELCE, lead the Divine Service (providing lectors, preachers, liturgists and musicians), and get to know the congregation through a shared meal following worship. Earlier this school year, there were Westfield Sundays at St. Andrew’s in Ruislip, Christ Church in Petts Wood, and St. Paul’s in Borehamwood, all located in the London area.
On February 1st and 2nd, the students and faculty of Westfield House were welcomed at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Fareham for the most recent Westfield Sunday. Fareham is near the south coast of England, about halfway between Portsmouth and Southampton. On the trip to Fareham, the students were able to visit some of the sites along the way, one of which was Winchester Cathedral, where the students received a guided tour. Following these stops, the students were ready to visit with the members of the congregation, who had prepared a welcome dinner. At the dinner, Westfield House President Dr. Cynthia Lumley presented on Westfield House and its role in preparing future Lutheran pastors for service in the Church and the world. After the dinner, students were partnered with host members of the congregation for their accommodation.
Sunday morning was the Feast of the Purification of Mary and Presentation of Our Lord. Micah Glenn, a study abroad student from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, preached on the Song of Simeon, the Nunc Dimmitis, found in the Gospel reading for the day, Luke 2:25-35. Jacob Hercamp, a study abroad student from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, served as liturgist. Daniel Sheafer, also of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, played trumpet to enhance the service.
The students and faculty of Westfield House enjoyed the opportunity to meet the members of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Fareham and receive their hospitality. There are two pending Westfield Sundays remaining this school year, at Luther-Tyndale Memorial in Kentish Town (near central London) in March and St. David’s in Cardiff, Wales in May. Students and faculty, as well as church members, continue to enjoy meeting one another, and eagerly look forward to future Westfield Sundays that they might bless and encourage one another.