Great Stuff — Gottesdienstonline Video — The Form of the Divine Service

Found over on Gottesdienst Online:

The video is finally done! Over a year in the making, we have at last completed our work of preparing our instructional film, The Form of the Divine Service: an instructional video for pastors and seminarians. This is footage of an actual Divine Service with voice-over of how-to commentary. This service shows a full contingent of Celebrant, Deacon, Sub-deacon, and servers, with an acknowledgment that services having less than this full contingent may easily abridge these instructions accordingly. Better to show too much than too little, we thought.

We hope to have DVDs of this available soon as well.

As the opening words accompanying the video declare,

“The editors of Gottesdienst are pleased to present this video recording of a Divine Service, together with rubrical instructions to assist men who are preparing for the ministry and pastors who might desire further assistance in these matters. In 2014, the editors were collectively musing on how we might better serve the churches and pastors who wanted to know in some greater detail how to conduct a reverent observance of the ceremonies of the Divine Service, and this project was begun. We thank the people at Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Worship, at the Office of National Mission, who agreed that the project would prove a blessing to many pastors and seminarians. They have been generous and gracious in providing funding for this project. This is a video recording, with commentary, of a Divine Service held in May of 2016 at St. Paul’s in Hamel, Illinois, during a Gottesdienst conference.”

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,, 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.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


Great Stuff — Gottesdienstonline Video — The Form of the Divine Service — 5 Comments

  1. Very nice. I saw that pop up on their YouTube page the other day. (FlaneurRecord)

  2. God willing this video will assist confessional Lutherans to strive for UNIFORMITY in worship in their Christian freedom. What a blessing to the Church!

  3. There’s nothing wrong with all this, but I wonder if it may be kind of distracting and complicated for us simple folk. Should we really care about the position of hands and which way to turn? I do like that the video gives some priority to reverence over minutia.

  4. T-rav

    I don’t intend to be annoying but…I’m just not sure how helpful this is to seminarians. I’m an old man and have visited many Lutheran churches and known very many Lutheran pastors. I’ve never run across a single time when such a complicated liturgy was practiced. It seems to me this is a really rare situation. Again I agree there’s nothing wrong here – just rare and confusing.
    : – )

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