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WHAT IS DIVINE SERVICE?
At St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church we are a liturgical congregation, we continue to use traditional liturgies for our worship services. Our liturgies are not man-made, but are given to us from the Holy Scriptures and put to music. Some liturgies have been used in our church for some time, others are rather new, however; all our liturgies are approved by the Commission on Worship of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
We also continue to have a rich tradition of hymn singing in our church.
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church continues to be Christocentric (centers around Christ). We focus on the work of the Savior Jesus Christ, His life, His death, His resurrection and His Ascension into heaven. Our hymns continue to lift up Christ and all that he continues to do by His vicarious atonement. We are not an anthropocentric (centers around man) church, we do not focus on man and his decision or right living in our music or liturgy. We believe that our Divine Service reflects our rich Lutheran heritage, but also reflects our theology and beliefs.
Our Divine Service is not a passive event where you watch skits and plays, nor is it a service that entertains you, but an active service. God gives His Word and Sacrament and we respond with prayer and hymns of thanksgiving.
The Divine Service is separated in three parts, The Preparation, The Service of the Word, and The Service of the Sacrament.
The Preparation is the time to remember our Baptismal promise as we hear the words of the Pastor, pronouncing the Triune God, "In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." We then continue with pleading our unworthiness and sinfulness before God, announcing that we have sinned and fallen short in though, word, and deed, but what we have done and what we have failed to do. However, God in His mercy shows us His grace by the pronouncement of our forgiveness; once again we hear the words that remind us of our Baptism and the forgiveness given in the Water and Word.
The Service of the Word is the presentation of the Holy Scriptures, we have a reading from the Old Testament, the Epistle and the Gospel. We are reminded through the readings of the day that God has and will always be with His people. We also hear from the Word that all Scripture directs us to the Savior Jesus Christ. The focus of this is culminated in the preaching of a sermon, that centers on Law and Gospel preaching. The hearers will hear words of condemnation and sin, but will be strengthened in hearing the Good News that Christ has given His life for you and has redeemed us as poor miserable sinners and prepared a place for us in His heavenly Kingdom.
The Service reaches the climax in the celebration of The Sacrament of the Altar. Here the congregation joins together to receive the means of grace at the communion rail. As Biblical people we believe that Christ is in, with, and under the bread and wine. We reject the belief that this is a symbolic or memorial meal. We heed the Word of the Scripture to take and eat, take and drink, this is the body and blood of Jesus. Here in the Sacrament we come together as God's people, as members who have been baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, who share in our confession of faith, who desire the confession of all their sins and believe in the real presence of Jesus in this meal.
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