Refreshing Truth For All People
Our worship, just like everything we do, is centered on Christ. Without Christ we would have no right to approach God. We come to public worship in order to receive his saving Gospel in the Word and in the Sacraments. In response, we also offer to him our thanks, our praise, and our lives. This cycle of receiving from God and giving to God is reflected in the form of our worship, called “liturgical worship.”
What is liturgical worship?
Liturgical worship is a form of worship that claims its beginnings with the apostles themselves. Various parts of the liturgy (order of service) remain the same from week to week, providing a framework that teaches through repetition and ensures that Christ is proclaimed and praised every week. Other parts of the liturgy change from week to week according to the season of the church year.
The Church Year
The Scripture lessons, psalms, hymns, and prayers of the worship service change each week in order to follow the Christian Church Year. Christians recognize that God’s plan of salvation took place in time and history. That plan unfolds before us every year as we prepare for, celebrate, and reflect on the three major festivals: Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Christmas is the day God the Father gave his most precious gift to the world in His own Son, our Savior. Easter is the highest of high points, the day Jesus, God the Son, rose from the dead, proving our salvation is complete and promising that we too will rise to live with Him forever. Pentecost is celebrated with a focus on the power, presence, and purpose of God the Holy Spirit.
By repeating this cycle every year, we hear and remember all the events and teachings of Christ each year. The Church Year helps us to tell and retell the Good News of our Savior and our Salvation as we follow the life of Christ and see how that life affects the life of the Church and of individual Christians.