This Is My Body; This Is My Blood

The tired, but excited band of friends sat down for the biggest meal of the year. It had been a crazy week. The city was filled with visitors from all over the country, and not a few of them were talking about Jesus. People had been wondering if Jesus might be the Messiah, and now… Read More ›

Worthy?

“Pastor, right before we receive the Lord’s Supper, you always read those instructions about receiving the Sacrament in a worthy manner. Why do you do that? How could we ever be worthy?” This is a great question. I have heard it in various forms, and if a few of you have asked me about it,… Read More ›

I Believe …

“So what does your church believe?” This is a common question when people learn that I am a pastor. Perhaps you have been asked the same thing. Whenever I am asked this question, I have a bad habit of trying to come up with a satisfactory answer on the fly. For some reason, I feel… Read More ›

The Word in Worship

There is perhaps nothing more necessary in Christian worship than the Word of God. As we continue to look at what worship is, and why we do the specific things we do, we need to take a look at the Word of God. Worship (as we talked about at the beginning of this series) is… Read More ›

Kyrie

Last month in this series on worship we considered the confession of sin, which does not consist merely of confessing our sins (if that were the case, it would be little more than self-deprecation), but also the promise of forgiveness in Jesus Christ (also called absolution). This month I want to consider the little song… Read More ›

Confession

As we continue to look at worship—what it is and why we do what we do when we gather on Sunday mornings—we now come to the confession of sins. Our corporate confession and absolution (just a fancy word for “forgiveness”) is the briefest snapshot of what worship is all about. It is poor sinners confessing… Read More ›

Music in Worship

So far this year, I have been using this space to write about worship. I want to explore why we do what we do on Sunday mornings. My hope is that as we understand the meaning behind what we do, we will better appreciate it and be edified by it. In January I started with… Read More ›

The Opening

So far this year, I have been using this space to write about worship. I want to explore why we do what we do on Sunday mornings. My hope is that as we understand the meaning behind what we do, we will better appreciate it and be edified by it. In January I started with… Read More ›

Preparation for Worship

Last month we started a series about worship. I want to explore why we do what we do when we gather on Sunday morning. My hope is that as we understand the meaning behind what we do, we will better appreciate it and be edified by it. Last month I started by defining worship. It is… Read More ›

What Is Worship?

Why do we do what we do when we gather on Sunday morning? Why do we stand up, sit down, bow, kneel, sing, say, listen, eat, and drink? Why do we say and sing the same things every Sunday? Why have we been confessing the same sins and reciting the same creed and praying the… Read More ›