— James R. Cutler, November 12, 2022
Announcing the eleventh printing of The Divine Service —an explanation, a pewcard. See more information about this at https://steadfastlutherans.org/pewcard/.
Since February, 2015, distribution of the pewcard has been my responsibility – taken in order to help the laity better understand the liturgy and its richness. I am astonished and gratified that I have shipped over 56,000 pewcards in packs of 25 to date. This week I received another shipment of 10,000, enabling continuation of shipments without pause. I must again gratefully acknowledge the work of Pastor Timothy Rossow who developed the first version of this publication, as well as the support from Steadfast Lutherans and Martin One Source.
Life-long Lutherans come to church each Sunday, open the hymnal to the right page, and are ready to worship. But a visitor coming in for the first time may find the order of service confusing and intimidating. Without an understanding of what the Divine Service means, they may leave and never come to experience the richness and deep significance of Lutheran worship. Some life-long Lutherans may have learned about the parts of the service as a teenager and are now saying them from memory without understanding what each part means.
More information can be found at https://steadfastlutherans.org/2015/07/pewcards/