Church of the Reformation - Lutheran
uses an order
of service which dates back to the late 5th century A.D. Most
of the Church’s liturgy comes directly from the Scriptures and
reflects the early Christian Church’s high regard for the Holy
Word of God. In our worship, God serves us with His
gifts of forgiveness and salvation, and we respond to Him through
our sacrifice of thanksgiving, praise and fervent love toward
The Divine Service
Why is it called a Divine Service?
The term Divine Service emphasizes what
happens as God’s people gather to worship. As God’s Word is
proclaimed and the Lord’s Supper is celebrated, the Lord serves
us. The focus of worship is God’s actions toward us. He serves
His people by making us His own, forgiving our sins, and
reminding us of His work of salvation. The focus is on the Lord’s
actions, not ours.
Lutheran Worship is Christocentric.
Jesus Christ is at the center of all that
occurs. From the readings in the Old Testament, Psalms, Gospels
and Epistles, we receive insight into God’s plan of salvation
through Jesus (John 5:39).
Sermons are Christ-focused; that is, they tell of Jesus’
suffering on the Cross in our place to win our salvation. As we
are reminded anew of our great need and our Savior’s great gift,
the Holy Spirit increases our faith (Romans 10:17). Not only
does the Lord serve us through His proclaimed Word, He also
comes to be with us in the sacrament (His Word attached to an
object) of Communion, where we receive the forgiveness that
Christ has earned for us.
Although not all church bodies have a formal written format or
liturgy, most follow some outline for their worship services.
The Lutheran Church’s liturgy (Divine Service) is explained