To Encourage a more Uniform Practice of Worship Forms from our Hymnals

TO ENCOURAGE A MORE UNIFORM PRACTICE OF WORSHIP FORMS FROM OUR HYMNALS

WHEREAS, a great diversity of worship practices in our synod has led to less unity in our synod and not more unity; and

WHEREAS, common questions after visiting a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregation are, “How did you like that?” and “Will we ever come back?” instead of “How Christ-centered was the pastor’s sermon?” or “How well did the hymns and order of service proclaim Law and Gospel?”; and

WHEREAS, the orders of service in our synodically approved hymnals faithfully proclaim the Word of God; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the pastors, church musicians, and congregations of the Southern Illinois District draw more heavily on our synodically approved hymnals; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that the 2012 ((DISTRICT)) in convention memorialize the 2013 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Convention to encourage all of our synod’s pastors, church musicians, and congregations to draw more heavily on our synodically approved hymnals.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

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To Encourage a more Uniform Practice of Worship Forms from our Hymnals — 1 Comment

  1. “How Christ-centered was the pastor’s sermon?” or “How well did the hymns and order of service proclaim Law and Gospel?”

    Perhaps some Lutheran churches assume that any visitor will be an LCMS Lutheran moving to town, for the above questions would certainly NOT be appropriate for an unchurched person who is seeking a place to learn about who this Jesus may be.

    A more appropriate set of questions would be, “Did the service answer some of your questions?” or “Do you have any questions about what we were doing in the service?”

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