The Festival of Beginnings is a gathering to accomplish many requirements. It fulfilled what is the Concordia way of Chapel which I have found always has a readers theater style of scripture. The program was also able to work in a Homily by President Ries and a formal introduction of new professors student leaders. The audience included new and returning students, faculty, and staff. The program offered something for ever member, whether it was the music, scripture, homily or even just a welcome.
In this 119th academic year I think the festival is scheduled on the first day of class because of its welcoming atmosphere. I interpreted the program as a way to embrace this year together. With the auditorium filled we welcomed each other to whatever this year will bring us. I thought the significance of President Ries summary of this year's book was to inspire us make new relationships and repair old ones all while keeping God's never ending love in mind.
Continuing on about Ries the summary of Picking Cotton and the thought of never ending love, it reminded me of the chapter about Christians being too judgmental in Unchristian. Ron Cotton could have judged Jennifer Thompson for doing him wrong. Instead he was able to forgive her and become friends. Another part of the Festival of Beginnings was the organ and koto music. I don't think the program would have been complete without it. Branching off of the discussion we had on art today, the music played was another way to demonstrate this year's theme on Refuge and Strength. I find it common that music is specifically chosen to reinforce the scripture for the day.