Sunday, June 25, 2017

A worship video explaining the rubrics of the Divine Service. . .

There is no better way to commemorate the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (487th anniversary) than by commending this helpful video from Gottesdienst and the Worship Director of the LCMS.  The Augustana is not a theoretical confession to speak of ideas but a confession borne of a people in worship, at prayer, receiving the Word of the Lord in their ears and the flesh and blood of the Lord upon their lips.  We believe, teach, and confess arises from a people who actually do this, they believe, teach, and confess and it flows from the Divine Service, the fount and summit of our life together and the core of our witness to the world (As often as you eat of this bread and drink of this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes. . . ).

This is an instructional video.  It is not play acting but an actual Divine Service in which we see these best practices at work within the context of an assembled congregation (though perhaps an unusual one due to the numbers of pastors in that congregation).  I urge you to watch it and learn from it.  This is not an attempt at a crude rigidity of form and practice but our best and most reverent usage within the liturgy and hymnal of our Church and within the circumstances of the parish and its architecture.

May God bless you through this commentary and instruction.  Thanks to all who assisted in providing such a worthy resource for pastor and lay who seek the best practices of our liturgical tradition, honoring the rubrics as aids to that tradition and for the benefit and protection of both pastor and people.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Dead Orthodoxy" and the "religious spirit". May they never be "exorcised" from Christ's church!