Historical Images of Evangelical Lutheran Worship

May 19, 2011

I think you will really enjoy the German book “Historical Images of Evangelical Lutheran Worship” found at this link.

Or, try it at this link.

It takes a while to download, but it is well worth the wait. The artwork is truly breathtaking as per below from the pastor from whom I received it. It makes you think that perhaps they knew and believed something about the Gottesdienst, i.e. Divine (Worship) Service of the historic liturgy, that has been largely lost in this day of contemporary Christiainity even in our Missouri Synod.

I pray that we can recover this reverence and awe for the true bodily presence of our Lord according to His good and gracious promise in the Word and Sacrament of His Church.

Thanks to the Rev. David Jay Webber, Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Scottsdale, AZ for passing along this wonderful resource. Here are his comments about the document.

” I previously knew of this (German) book, and also knew that a PDF version of it was in existence. But I just found the whole PDF version online, as a free download. I have looked through it, and now can barely catch my breath.

To avoid too much shock to our post-Enlightenment religious constitutions, it would probably be best for us to view this book and its 16th- and 17th-century works of art while recordings of sacred choral music by Schuetz or Praetorius are playing in the background.”

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Membership Matters–As Does What We Teach or Don’t Teach

August 14, 2009

The following paragraphs quoted from an article by Paul Proctor should resonate with anyone familiar with what is going on in the LCMS. For our exercise, wherever you read the word, “church,” think “synod.”

The author may need a little Lutheran education in regard to the Church, but what he writes is dead on given a proper understanding of Church as not only a gathering of the elect, but the gathering of the elect around Christ and His means of grace for the salvation of souls.

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