Worship

Worship Matters

The Rev. H. Jeffrey A. Clements

(from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known)

My son was new to his position as associate director of Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp. He and his dog had moved to Montana that summer with what he could stuff into his small car. My daughter-in-law was still working in North Dakota as a National Park Ranger, so my wife went to help her pack up the house. I headed to Montana and spent nine days at camp.

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Something Old, Something New

The Rev. Twila Schock

(from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known)

Wow!  I love worshiping here.  I was afraid, hearing you were Lutheran, you would make us bow, cross ourselves, and say things at church that we didn't feel.  Instead, we sing, we read the Bible, and we pray.”

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Thank God!  When we heard about this church were afraid we’d have to give up our beloved Lutheran liturgy.”

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Ironically, these two statements were made about the same worship experience. 

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Worship Is

The Rev. Robert A. Franek

(from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known)

Worship is from the beginning the Church’s primary faith practice. A people gathered by the Holy Spirit around word and sacrament on the Lord’s Day giving thanks and praise for resurrection of Jesus Christ is the church’s primary activity. Everything in the baptismal life flows from the sending of the assembly from this gathering around the central things of faith: word and sacrament. In fact, it may even be said that everything that happens in worship is for the sake of being sent out to be the body of Christ in and for the life of the world.

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Worship Is the Heart of All We Do

Given competition, is it ‘hub of our week, space of our regrouping’?

The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA Presiding Bishop

(from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known)

There is a Seattle-based caffeinated beverage company that goes to great lengths to provide excellent customer service. Its campaign is to make itself everyone’s “Third Place.” “First Place” is home, “Second Place” is work and “Third Place” is the local coffeehouse. There is meticulous training for employees, relentless market research and creative adaptability employed by the company to retain customers.

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