Worship the Lord
October 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

This month’s TLO Disciple theme is Worship the Lord . Worship is the lifeblood of the Church. It is in the worship service that we gather in the courts of the Lord’s House at Jesus’ own invitation to receive the forgiveness, life and salvation that God gives through our Lord Christ Jesus. Worship is God serving us.

When we come to worship we first remember our Baptism with the Invocation. Then confess our sin and receive the free forgiveness in the absolution that we may enter into His holy presence. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ. 

By hearing the readings from Scripture the Holy Spirit promises that your faith will grow and produce the fruits of righteousness. I cannot think a better place to be than gathering with the members of the Body of Christ to listen to Jesus and receive the Lord’s Supper in the fellowship that God creates at the Sacrament of the Altar. Remember Mary and Martha? Mary had chosen the better portion. 

Worship is not a work we do. Worship is God’s Spirit working a transformation in us through the Law convicting us of our sin and the sweet Good News of the Gospel of Christ renewing and restoring us to a right relationship with God and each other. In the Sacrament of Holy Communion God creates in us true unity in the Spirit. And with the Benediction, we are sent out to share His grace under the blessing of God.

I pray that as you meditate on the articles provided in this TLO Disciple, you will have greater understanding of the blessings and benefits God gives you in weekly worship. May you be moved to fear, love and trust in God above all things, that you may have true faith in the eternal gifts of God that are given freely to you by His grace, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forevermore.

Come and worship       
                                                                
Pastor James Kroonblawd
From God's Word
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering and enter His courts. Worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth. Declare among the nations: “The LORD reigns!  Ps 96:9
Then He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28

It was the birthday tradition of a certain family to let the birthday boy or girl pick the main course for the meal and to say the prayer. Just turning six, Rosalyn had selected turkey for dinner and now she began to pray. She thanked mother for preparing the turkey and dad for his job that provided the money to buy the turkey. The family sat patiently as she thanked the clerk for selling the turkey and the store for stocking the turkey. She thanked the trucker that had brought her turkey to the store. She thanked the farmer that had raised the bird, as well as the feed store that provided the tom with “vittles.”

At the end of the lengthy litany, she solemnly asked, “Have I forgotten anyone?” Her two-and-a-half-year-older brother, impatient with the delay to the meal, grunted out: “God.” With icy disregard, the birthday girl announced, “I was just about to get to Him.”

Sadly, that’s the way most people live their lives … never quite getting around to worshiping the Lord or giving thanks for all He has done. We should give thanks for Jesus. Why? Because He gave sinful souls salvation. Read more
Worship the Lord

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. Psalm 95:6

In worship we express our love for God; we honor and adore Him "for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care" (Psalm 95:7).
We can worship God in public and in private. In either case, faith and a feeling of gratitude to God for His blessings motivate our worship.
Worship involves thanksgiving and praise. " Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise ," the psalmist invites (Psalm 100:4). Worship includes great joy and yearning for God. " How lovely is Your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God " (Psalm 84:1-2).
Sometimes these feelings are not as strong as they should be. But the more we worship with our fellow Christians, the more the joy will come -- through Scripture reading, the Lord's Supper, the pastor's message, prayer, hymns of praise, and the encouragement of fellow Christians.
We do not go to church because we have to. We go to thank and praise God and to receive new spiritual strength in Christ through Word and sacraments.
PRAYER: Dear Father in heaven, give us joy in worship. We know that You love us, and we love You for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
What is Christian Worship?

In broadest definition worship is the response of the creature to the Creator. In this sense it includes all expressions of mind or voice or body which are motivated by or directed toward the Divine. Since all men live and move and have their being in God, the term worship may be as correctly applied to the conscious and unconscious responses of pagan peoples to God as they understand Him as to the devotion of Christians.

Christian  worship can only be defined accurately, however, by adding to “Creator” the words “as He has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ and makes Himself known through the Holy Spirit.” The recognition of the Holy Trinity as the one true God and the acceptance of the revelation of His nature and His purpose to save all men through Jesus Christ is basic to the Christian faith. Since no man can call Jesus “Lord” but by the Holy Spirit, the recognition of the Third Person of the Trinity is also basic to Christian worship. Since the Holy Spirit works among men through the means of grace—the Word of God in Scripture and sacraments—their impartation of the new life in Christ Jesus is the beginning of worship.

The Christian worships when he gives to God the glory that is due His name; when he confesses his faults to Him whom he knows to be faithful and just to forgive his trespasses; when he gives thanks at all times and in all places for all things that a loving God directs in his life; and when he presents prayers and supplications for all sorts and conditions of men, and all this always as a member of the Kingdom and within the frame of the will of God, which is the basic premise of adoration.

Christian Cyclopedia Full article
The Colors and Seasons of the Church Year
Our worship during the church year is shaped by the church calendar, a rich tradition which is based on the life of Jesus Christ. In addition, everything in the Sanctuary at Prince of Peace is designed to help us worship, and remember the teachings of the Bible. You will notice colors displayed on banners and around the altar area, and worn by the Pastor and acolytes. The calendar and colors emphasize different aspects of Christian life.

Blue
The Church Year begins in December, with the Season of Advent. During this season, we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus Christ to earth in human form. Blue is the Advent color. It is the color of the sky and helps convey the powerful message that our Christian faith rests on the hope that Christ, who came in history assuming our flesh, will also return on the last day of time from that same blue sky he ascended long ago. 

White
During the Christmas season (December 25th and following for twelve days), we celebrate the birth of Jesus with the surprising news that God took on flesh to save His people from their sins. The color white is used and signifies purity and completeness.

Green
Epiphany follows the Christmas season, with its message of Christ's revelation to the Gentiles (non-Jews), along with the emphasis on extending Christ's kingdom through missions. The use of the color green symbolizes growth.

Purple
The next season is Lent , and we are led with Jesus to the cross where He will die for the sins of the world. Purple is used to represent somberness, solemnity, penitence and prayer. 

Black
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the "bookends" of the Lenten season and the color black is used only on these two days. As the color black signifies the absence of light, so black also reminds us of the sacrificial death of Christ, the "light of the world."

White
On Easter Sunday we celebrate Jesus' resurrection glory.  Forty days later, we celebrate His Ascension into heaven.  White is the color for this season as we celebrate Christ's triumph over death

Red
Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, begins the season of Pentecost.in which we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit that our risen Lord sends to His disciples. 

Red  is the color on the Day of Pentecost. 

Green
Then Green becomes the color for the rest of the season of Pentecost and reminds us of growth, and our need to grow and mature in our knowledge of Jesus.
Lutherans have two special days in the church year where we wear red clothing to church in recognition of the red paraments which will be displayed in the sanctuary! The day of  Pentecost  acknowledges the gift of the Holy Spirit sent to the apostles following Jesus' ascension. Then in October,  Reformation Day  celebrates the historic action of Martin Luther, and his questioning of the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church by nailing 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Church in Germany.

Remember these colors and the seasons of the church year to enrich your understanding of Jesus Christ and His love for us.
From God's Word
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts .”
                                                        —Psalm. 145: 3-4
Missing Someone at Church?
by Tyler Arnold

Have you ever found yourself asking, “I wonder where ‘so and so’ has been? I haven’t seen them in church for a while.” As a pastor of a large congregation, I certainly ask myself that question from time to time. I’m sure your reason for asking it is the same as mine: you pray that everything is all right with your absent brother or sister in Christ. You pray they are healthy. You pray their family is doing well.

And you are right to be concerned. Why? Because on Sunday morning, in God’s Holy House, with God’s beloved children, miraculous gifts are given and received. No one should miss out on these life-giving means, which include the forgiveness of sins, His Word and Sacraments. The Lord promises great gifts of life to you in the Divine Service. When God’s people are not in His house receiving these gifts, it is a concern.

But what can you do about it? If you are concerned about the welfare of your fellow believers, you will do more than just ask the question and then leave it alone — right? Well, that is sometimes easier said than done. Maybe we just don’t know what to say or do. Maybe we think someone else will notice and they will reach out to them. Maybe our friends will be back soon and there is a perfectly good explanation for their absence. Maybe not. How will you know if you don’t find out for yourself?

Dear Christians, don’t assume your pastor has noticed the person you are missing in worship is absent. He sometimes misses stuff like that. Don’t assume your pastor has already reached out to the absent church member or family. Sometimes pastors miss what might seem obvious to others.
If there is someone that you haven’t seen in church for a while, consider doing two things:

  1. Reach out to them. Show concern by demonstrating a Christ-like compassion for their well-being. Ask them, “How are you doing? I haven’t seen you at church in a while and I wanted to make sure all is well.” By actively reaching out, you are showing your neighbor how much they mean to you and that you truly miss them.
  2. Tell your pastor about your concern for the absent member or family. He might have unintentionally overlooked the absence. Or he may know the circumstances around their absence and shed light on the reason for it. Keep in mind, if it is a sensitive issue or a private matter, he may tell you only what you need to know.

If you are the one who is not receiving God’s precious gifts in the company of your fellow believers in church, please consider this brief note my concern for you. I encourage you to reconnect with the community of believers who assemble as God’s gathered guests at His feast of life, strength and encouragement. His gifts are essential. Jesus is missing you.

The Rev. Dr. Tyler Arnold is senior pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Platte Woods, Mo. He is also a Collegium Fellow for DOXOLOGY — The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel.
Thank you Carolyn Wesling for sharing Christ's love through duplicating Worship Anew DVDs and distributing these services monthly to area nursing homes.

Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc. produces a weekly, 30-minute Lutheran broadcast worship service called Worship Anew. Each service includes music, scripture readings, prayers, and a pastor delivering a message that is designed to feel one-on-one to the viewer. Each program is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

Weekly programs are distributed in three different ways:  first, through the purchase of  airtime on local TV stations and the TCT network cable satellite broadcast station , second,  a DVD subscription , and thirdly, through  webcasts that can be found and viewed on our homepage . For more information,  click here.

If you would like to become a Worship Anew volunteer, please contact Jean Peterson in the Church Office.
From God's Word
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
   his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
   they tell of your mighty acts.
                                                        —Psalm 145:3-4
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This ebook edition of  LSB  provides all of the contents of the printed Pew Edition with the convenience of your tablet or ebook reader. The ebook edition provides links to each hymn in the table of contents and indexes, as well as links back to the table of contents from each hymn for easy navigation. The lectionaries provide internet links for each Bible reference. This edition includes all of the printed music found in the Pew Edition as graphics.To order click here
What about Private Worship?
That the worship of God in the midst of the  cong. , in the assembly of those who confess the true God together, is required of all believers, appears from various parts of the Bible ( Ps 26:12 42:4 Heb 10:25 ).

Just as important, however, for the nurture of the Christian's spiritual life is the daily communication with the Lord by way of private worship, by prayer, by reading the Word of God and meditating on it, and by discussing its truths with others ( Ps 1:2 55:17 109:4 Mt 6:6 ).

Examples of consecrated men and women who remained in such communication with the Lord are Hannah ( 1 Sm 1:10 ); David ( 2 Sm 7:27 1 Ch 17:25 ); Elisha ( 2 K 4:33 6:17 ); Ezra ( Ez 10:1 ); Daniel ( Dn 6:10 9:3–4 ); Mary, the mother of Jesus ( Lk 2:19 51 ); Anna, the prophetess ( Lk 2:37 ); the Ethiopian eunuch ( Acts 8:28   ff. ); Cornelius ( Acts 10:2 30 ); Peter ( Acts 10:9 ); the Bereans ( Acts 17:11 ); Paul ( Acts 20:36 ); the prophets ( 1 Ptr 1:10–11 ).
The Blessings of Home Devotions
Home devotions may easily be arranged, either in the morning or in the evening, preferably right after meals, when all the members of the family are together. A few stanzas of a hymn may be sung, or the head of the house may at once read a chapter or a passage from the Bible or from some good book of exposition or a devotion based on a Bible passage. This will be followed by prayer suitable to the time or occasion and, possibly, by recital of part of the Small Catechism. The home service may close with the Lord's Prayer and the Benediction. The liturgical orders of Matins, Vespers, and Compline may well be used. See also  Hours, Canonical .
Lutheran Cyclopedia
 
A GUIDE FOR YOUNG WORSHIPPERS
  • We confess that we are sinners.
  • The pastor forgives us in the place of God.
  • A psalm is sung.
  • We pray for mercy in the Kyrie.
  • We praise God with the Gloria.
  • We are taught by Scripture.
  • We declare, for all to hear, what we believe in the Creed.
  • The Sermon proclaims the Word of God into our lives.
  • We pray for our needs.
  • We receive forgiveness in the Lord’s Supper.
  • We are sent forth with God’s blessing.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.  
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
In Praise of the Church Pew
by Paul Gregory Alms
There are few things more insignificant than what we sit on in church. Lutherans like to call such things adiaphoron, ceremonies or church usages which are neither commanded nor forbidden in the Word of God (FC EP X1). There are few things which are more adiaphora than church pews. More 
Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
                                            Psalm 96:1-4
Parts of Worship

In following the sequence of parts in the order of worship, their significance should be noted.

1.  Versicles  are short passages of Scripture intended to incite the worshipers to devotion and to suggest the central thought of the part following.
2. The  Confession of Sins  is properly made as a preparatory step, to obtain assurance of the forgiveness of God at the very beginning of worship
3. The  Introit  (entrance) is the opening of the Psalm of the day, spoken or chanted after the preparation, to indicate the character of the day and the nature of the spiritual food offered to the cong.
4. The  Gloria Patri  to the Holy Trinity distinguishes the use of the Psalter in  NT  times from its use in the synagog worship.
5. The  Kyrie  is a plea for the removal of misery and suffering. It is addressed to the Lord of mercy, in whom we not only have forgiveness of sins but also help and assistance in every need.
6. The  Gloria in excelsis follows as a hymn of adoration, celebrating God's glory as manifested in the merciful gift of His Son, who bore all our sins and infirmities.
7. The  Collects  are prayers in which the wants and perils, or the wishes and desires, of the people or the entire  ch.  are together presented to God.
8. The reading of the  Epistle  is followed by the  Hallelujah  on the part of the  cong. , which praises the Lord for the unspeakable gift of His Word. 
The announcement of the  Gospel  is hailed with the sentence “Glory be to Thee, O Lord,” and the “Praise be to Thee, O Christ” at the close signifies the grateful acceptance or the Word by the  cong. . Then the  Creed  is said or chanted.
9. In the  Offertory  following the sermon the  cong.  confesses its grateful and humble acceptance of the Word which has just been proclaimed, all the faithful offering themselves, their substance, and the sacrifices of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving to the Lord.
10. The  Salutation , with its  Response , is sung at the opening of the Communion service to indicate the beginning of a new part of the service.
11. The Office of the Holy Communion begins with the Preface and extends to the end of the service.
12. After the  consecration  of the elements the consecration is commonly followed by the Pax (“The peace of the Lord be with you alway! Amen”), followed by the  Agnus* Dei , during which the communicants begin to approach the altar.
13. The  Nunc*   dimittis  opens the Postcommunion. The believer, having received the fullness of God's grace and mercy, feels that he may now depart in peace to his home.
14. In the  Benedicamus  the  cong.  is called upon to give all honor to God alone, in order to receive from Him the final blessing.
15. The  Canticles,*  among which the Benedictus (the song of Zacharias) and the  Magnificat*  (the hymn of Mary) are best known, are as a rule used only in the minor services. See also  Te Deum .


If you would like to know more about worshiping our Lord, have questions about anything you've read in the Bible or want to talk about any aspect of your faith, contact us ! We'd be glad to visit with you about it!
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