Propositions for an Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Constitution from which the eventual first constitution and its successors originated, the founders of the LCMS show bias not against the catholic ceremonies to which so many turn up their noses today but against the poverty and emptiness in the externals of the service found around them in the vast wasteland of Lutheranism in American in the early 1800s.
Furthermore Synod deems it necessary for the purification of the Lutheran Church in America, that the emptiness and the poverty in the externals of the service be opposed, which, having been introduced here by the false spirit of the Reformed, is now rampant.
In addition, explicit reference (also included in the first constitution) not only asks that private confession be continued where it exists but that pastors are to strive through teaching and instruction to introduce it. Private Confession, it seems, has a shall rubric while general confession has a may rubric. Just the opposite of things today.
Where private confession is in use, it is to be kept according to Article 11 of the Augsburg Confession. Where it is not in use, the pastor is to strive through teaching and instruction to introduce it. Yet in congregations where the total abolishing of general confession and absolution is hindered by unsurmountable obstacles, general confession may be kept along with private confession.
Finally, in an age of celebrated diversity, Synod strove for the just the opposite -- uniformity in the ceremonies! This was not a minimalism but, due to the use of sound (pure) agendas (books proscribing the form and practice of the Divine Service and occasional services), this meant the use of a fuller, not minimal, ceremonial.
The desired uniformity in the ceremonies is to be brought about especially by the adoption of sound Lutheran agendas (church books).
Ah, the myth and legend of Missouri! How soon we forget that our forefathers were, with regard to liturgy, ceremony, and confession, much more overtly catholic than many of their heirs today. Far from being a liturgical wing of the Methodist Church, the Missourians saw themselves explicitly as the evangelical wing of the catholic church.