And so, I present the first installment from this morning's Easter Sunday bulletin of "Miguel's Musings."
MIGUEL’s MUSINGS: A Lutheran reader
Why On Earth Do We Do That?
What is the “Divine Service?” Why do we follow this liturgy?
The “Divine Service” is the expression of the Lutheran understanding of worship. In Matthew 20:28, Jesus says, “...the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus came to serve and to give. We believe he still comes to do exactly that. Jesus is a God who desires to shower us with his gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. He serves us through the words of scripture and the proclamation of the Gospel. He serves us His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper so that we can be certain that we have forgiveness of sin. The order of the service is followed because we believe this ancient pattern of worship most clearly and beautifully serves this purpose. We respond to this feast of His grace with thanks and praise, rejoicing in the fact that Christ himself is truly present with us.
Verses, everywhere! Why does the bulletin have so many Bible references?
Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” We believe that God’s own words are the best and most important for teaching and admonishing us in all wisdom. Did you know that the Divine Service liturgy is over 90% scripture? As we gather together to proclaim the Lord’s death until he returns, we express love for our Savior by cherishing to hear His words. Psalm 119:130 says, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” What better words could serve as the foundation of our worship?
From the Large Catechism: We have no slight reasons for treating the Catechism so constantly and for both desiring and beseeching others to teach it, since we see to our sorrow that many pastors and preachers are very negligent in this, and slight both their office and this teaching; some from great and high art (giving their mind, as they imagine, to much higher matters), but others from sheer laziness and care for their paunches, assuming no other relation to this business than if they were pastors and preachers, for their bellies' sake, and had nothing to do but, to consume their emoluments as long as they live, as they have been accustomed to do under the Papacy.