Overture to use LSB at all LCMS Gatherings

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An interesting overture that could bring unity or more division in the LCMS when it comes to worship.

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, 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;”

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. (Source: Vocation in the Valley)

Although I haven’t been to a NYG since 2004 I can see where this would be beneficial.  What’s disappointing is that such an overture is needed for LSB to be used at District and National Gatherings.  Wonder if it will make it to the 2013 LCMS Convention?

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2 thoughts on “Overture to use LSB at all LCMS Gatherings

  1. Thanks for reposting this! I do hope you’re wrong about this causing further division, but I’m an optimist. As you say, ideally this wouldn’t be necessary, but that being said since no individual congregation can claim that its Christian freedom is being denied I can’t fathom the arguments that a District or Synod could use to oppose this. I guess we’ll see.

  2. I hope it brings more unity as well. I pray that with Pastor Harrison being elected President of the Synod that unity truly comes about. It will be interesting what arguments against such an overture if any are brought forth.

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