In the public gathering of God’s people we meet Christ and receive his gifts of forgiveness, hope and life. We meet with others who need God’s gracious help. That’s why worship is central to living as a Christian. Without God’s grace and constant presence, Christians can’t even begin to love one another and serve the world in need.
God, the centre of worship
The focus in Lutheran worship is not on how we feel but on how God comes to us. We believe that worship is a treasure because it is as close as we get to heaven on earth, because God is there, forgiving, speaking, listening and feeding us – getting us ready to worship him in the world with the gift of our lives.
The Lutheran Worship Service
The public gathering of God’s people in Christ’s presence around his word and his special gifts of baptism, absolution (forgiveness of sin) and holy communion, is all about God serving us. Lutheran worship has a distinctive shape which speaks of the God who is with us at our human level serving us.
God speaks to us as we hear his word of forgiveness, He speaks to us through the reading of the Scriptures. Each week Lutherans hear from various parts of the Bible. They also hear a sermon based on the word of God. God also listens as we pray for the ‘church, the world and each other’. God feeds his gathered people through a holy meal of bread and wine, the body and blood of his Son, Jesus. God leaves his presence with his people by blessing them and sending them on their way to be ‘lights for the world’.
The language of worship
Traditional Lutheran worship has been passed down through the centuries. Lutherans use many special worship words in worship. Many are from ancient church and biblical languages that have been passed down from one generation to the next. In many local congregations there is an effort to modernise these ancient words. Lutherans are always involved in re-translating and re-telling the language of the Church’s worship so that the language used in worship is more accessible to a wide variety of people.
(extracted from the LCA website www.lca.org.au)
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