One of the things that are needed are overture submissions from churches or circuit forums; they must be submitted by a specific date for each district convention. If you have a overture that you would like to submit for your district, it may help to get other churches in your district, or other churches in other districts, to submit a similar overture. BJS is going to make it easy to find overtures that are submitted by others by including a link on our sidebar to list all overtures.
by Brian Yamabe on Vocation in the Valley
With district conventions coming next year, I thought I’d repost my proposed overture. I’m going to submit this at my circuit forum for submission to the district convention and then figure out how to get it to the national convention. Please consider submitting something similar to your district convention.
I’ve seen enough oddball services held at various LCMS gatherings. Many people have been offended by these cooked up orders of service. Sure some are offended as a matter of personal preference, but some truly take theological issue with the services. As we all know there is no order of service commanded in Holy Scripture, but it is quite clear from them and our confessions that worship should be orderly and peaceful. To that end I am going to submit the following overture to my district and the national conventions; You know “bubbling up from the grassroots” and all. If you have any suggestions to strengthen the wording, please feel free to leave a comment. I know we’ve go a couple of years, but this kind of stuff will drift out of my mind by then if I don’t put it down now.
To Use Lutheran Service Book at Services During Official District and National Gatherings
WHEREAS, God, in His 3rd Commandment, places an expectation upon us to worship Him; and
WHEREAS, God calls us to the Divine Service such that He might distribute His gifts to us; and
WHEREAS, AC XXVIII.55 states, “… that all things be done in the churches in order, and without confusion”; and
WHEREAS LC – The Ten Commandments 84 states, “…on this day of rest (since we can get no other chance), we have the freedom and time to attend divine service. We come together to hear and use God’s Word, and then to praise God, to sing and to pray.”
WHEREAS, Article III.7 of the Constitution states, “Encourage congregations to strive for uniformity in church practice, but also to develop an appreciation of a variety of responsible practices and customs which are in harmony with our common profession of faith”; and
WHEREAS, Article VI.4 of the Constitution states, “Exclusive use of doctrinally pure agenda, hymnbooks, and catechisms in church and school.”
WHEREAS, 1998 Resolution 2-12 commissioned a new hymnal to be produced, 2004 Resolution 2-03A approved Lutheran Service Book, and 2007 Resolution 2-03A thanked the Commission on Worship for its work on Lutheran Service Book; and
WHEREAS, Nearly 70 percent of all LCMS congregations have adopted Lutheran Service Book (2010 Convention Workbook pg. 46); therefore be it
RESOLVED, That for the sake of “love and tranquility” (AC XXVIII.55) all services during official District and Synodical gatherings use an order of service out of and as it is outlined in Lutheran Service Book.
If you can enhance this overture, or say you’ll submit it to another location, feel free to comment below. These are works in progress until they are finally submitted.