Calls for renewal in worship are common these days. Yet most of the proposals for renewal stem from the pressure of the law rather than the way of the gospel.
The Lutheran Confessions' call for a renewed cultus is concerned not with innovative or clever changes in texts and ceremonies, but with a liturgy that revolves around the Lord's forgiveness proclaimed and bestowed in the preached word, baptism, absolution, and the Supper. Such a liturgy is geared toward renewal in repentance, faith, and holy living.
John Pless, 'Toward a Confessional Lutheran Understanding of Liturgy'
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