In part 12 of our Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we discuss the Daily Prayers part of the Catechism. How do we live out the teaching that God gives us in the Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer? We pray. Daily. Join us as we discuss how to pray according to God’s Word and in our home and family settings.
Why has the word “catholic” become a dirty word among Lutherans? What is the “catholic faith”? If your pastor performs certain rituals or ceremonies, does that mean he is more “Catholic” than “Lutheran”? Pr. Ronald Stephens explains what it means to be “catholic,” not “Roman,” and he defends (gives an “apology” for) Lutheran pastors maintaining the salutary ceremonies of the Church that have been handed down through the ages.
Read Pr. Ronald Stephen’s article: “An Apology for a Fuller Use of Ceremony, or Why You Think Your Pastor is Too “Catholic.”
Psalm 141:2 says, “Let my prayer rise before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” We sing these words in Vespers and Evening Prayer. But what would we do if we actually smelled (and saw) incense in our churches? Is incense even allowed in Lutheran churches these days? Pr. Steven Anderson explains how the Bible gives witness to incense, what it is used for, and how to appreciate it, along with all of God’s gifts in the liturgy.
Does the “old covenant” (Old Testament) have anything to say about our “new covenant” (New Testament) Christian worship? Pr. Rich Futrell takes us on a journey through worship in the Garden of Eden, in the wilderness tabernacle, in Solomon’s temple, and in the synagogue of Jesus’ day. He shows us that, yes, new covenant worship flows out of and fulfills the old covenant worship.
Does it matter if your church uses an old hymn board or a giant projection screen to convey service information? Does the medium send a message, even an unintended one? Pr. Steve Anderson makes the case that giant projection screens may just send the wrong message and distract us from the true worship and mission of the Church.