Liturgy, Hymnody, and Pulpit:
Worship Resources from the Wyoming District (LCMS)
The Worship Chairman shall:
+ foster appreciation for the Lutheran heritage in Christian Worship;
+ advise and counsel congregations and ordained ministers (pastors)
in the use of appropriate worship resources and material
in keeping with our Synod Constitution and Bylaws.
Wyoming District Bylaw 3.401 g.
- Visit Lutheran Book Review
- “Amens” for LSB
- Worship Word of the Week (1997)
- Worship Word of the Week (LSB)
- Worship Word of the Week (Booklet)
- Lutheran Worship Notes
- The LHP Newsletter
- LHP Quarterly Book Review archives (Volumes 1-4)
- Read the Liturgy, Hymnody, and Pulpit Book Review blog
- Consider posts Forwarded by LHP
- Lutheran Worship 2000 and Beyond, Dr. Barry
- Reflections on Contemporary/Alternative Worship, Dr. Barry
- The Unchanging Feast, Dr. Barry
- Dr. Garwood on Close Communion
A Lutheran Theology of Worship
Our Lord speaks and we listen. His Word bestows what it says. Faith that is born from what is heard acknowledges the gifts received with eager thankfulness and praise. Music is drawn into this thankfulness and praise, enlarging and elevating the adoration of our gracious giver God.
Saying back to him what he has said to us, we repeat what is most true and sure. Most true and sure is his name, which he put upon us with the water of our Baptism. We are his. This we acknowledge at the beginning of the Divine Service. Where his name is, there is he. Before him we acknowledge that we are sinners, and we plead for forgiveness. His forgiveness is given us, and we, freed and forgiven, acclaim him as our great and gracious God as we apply to ourselves the words he has used to make himself known to us.
The rhythm of our worship is from him to us, and then from us back to him. He gives his gifts, and together we receive and extol them. We build on another up as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Our Lord gives us his body to eat and his blood to drink. Finally his blessing moves us out into our calling, where his gifts have their fruition.
How best to do this we may learn from his Word and from the way his Word has prompted his worship throughout the centuries. We are heirs of an astonishingly rich tradition. Each tradition receives from those who went before and, in making that tradition of the Divine Service its own, adds what best may serve in its own day–the living heritage and something new.
Norman Edgar Nagel, Lutheran Worship (1982), p. 6