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      What does “worship” really mean?

If you look in the dictionary, the word “worship” comes from an older word – “worthship.”  To “worship” is to honor God’s “worthship”, according to the dictionary.  This tells us something about what we do in worship.  We sing, we praise,  we give thanks, we honor Christ! But it doesn’t tell us the most important thing about what goes on in worship.  The most important thing about worship is what Jesus gives us in His Word and Sacraments – forgiveness of sins, life and eternal salvation. That’s why we may sometimes use another word for “worship” – “Divine Service.” 

      What makes the Divine Service so important?

The word, “Divine Service,” tells us what Christ has promised to do for us in worship.  He serves us His forgiveness of since again and again – through our Baptism, in Holy Absolution, in the reading of Holy Scripture, in the Sermon, in the Lord’s Supper, and in His Benediction.
What a wonderful Savior we have! And what wonderful forgiveness He gives us in His Divine Service!!


    Why do we worship on Sunday?

Do you remember on which day of the week Jesus rose from the dead?  If you guessed Sunday, then you are right!

Sunday is called “the Lord’s Day” because it directs our attention to Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, not to mention the many other miraculous events in the early Christian Church that took place on Sunday.  For example, the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples on a Sunday at Pentecost.

 For how long have Christians worshiped on Sundays?

We know from the Bible that the very first Christians met on Sundays to hear God’s Word and celebrate Holy Communion (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2).  Though Christians in different regions of the world would sometimes worship on days other than Sunda, by A.D. 325, most Christians set Sunday aside for worship because they considered it “the Lord’s Day.”  So every time you go to church on Sunday, you are doing the same thing that Christians did all the way back in the beginning of Christianity!

WOW!!  What a GREAT tradition we share with our Christian ancestors!!


What is a hymn?

The word “hymn” comes from the Greek word that means “song of praise.”

Why do we sing hymns?

During the early years of the Christian Church, its music came from the psalms sung in the Jewish synagogue.  As new people came into the church, they added new hymns.  Sadly, as time went on, hymns were sung less and less by the people.  During the Lutheran Reformation, however, the hymns were once again sung by the congregation.  As we can see, they have stood the test of time, never failing God’s people as generations change.  Since the Reformation, the Lutheran Church has been called the “singing church.”  

 What a wonderful church God has made you a part of!!   

What is the Holy Spirit?    

As the Explanation to the Small Catechism says, the Holy Spirit is “the third person in the Holy Trinity, true God with the Father and Son.”  This means that we believe in one true God, but three persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  From this we can see that the Holy Spirit is God, just as the Father is God and the Son is God.

What does the Holy Spirit do?

The Holy Spirit “sanctifies” God’s people.  In other words, He “makes us holy” by giving us saving faith in Jesus as well as the strength to lead godly lives in His name.

Why is the Holy Spirit so important?

We need the Holy Spirit and what He has to give us because without Him, we are not able to believe in Jesus.  In 1 Corinthians 2:14, Paul writes: “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them.”  The Holy Spirit calls us to faith through the Gospel and delivers the gracious gifts of salvation in the Sacraments.

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What does it mean when four candles are lit on the Advent Wreath?

You’ve been preparing and patiently waiting for Christmas — that wonderful day of celebration.  When four of the candles on the Advent wreath have been lit, it means that Christmas is almost here!  That’s right!  The day we remember the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ is right around the corner.


   We celebrate Lent for six weeks. Not counting Sundays, this adds up to forty days. These forty days remind us of Christ’s temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). There He was without food for forty days.

We remember the tempation of the Isrealites in the desert after the Lord had delivered them from Egypt. This lasted forty years (Numbers 14:34).

Finally we can remember the story of Noah and his family. After forty days and forty nights on the ark, it finally stopped raining. and the Lord delivered them just as He promised (Genesis 7:17).

During these forty days of Lent, we remember the faithfulness of God to His people and how His faithfulness is complete in Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Jesus remains faithful to us, always being where He promises to be: in His Word and Sacraments.

     WOW! What a Savior!    


Why was it so important for Jesus to be born as a man? 

Jesus had a big job ahead of Him when he was born.  If you really think about it, Jesus was born to die on the cross to pay for the sins of the whole world. That sure is a lot for one man to do! But before He would die, He would have to live the perfect life under God’s Law – The Ten Commandments.  That means that during His entire life, Jesus never ever sinned, not even once!  As a man, Jesus took the place of every human being under the Law and kept it perfectly in our place.  That means that for every time we have failed to keep the Law, Jesus Christ succeeded!

Why was it so important for Jesus to be true God?  

Jesus had to be true God so that He could live a perfect life in our place, die a perfect death on the cross, and rise from the dead as Ruler over sin, death and the devil! All of this He did in obedience to the Father and our of complete and total love for us.
What is “The Baptism of Our Lord?” 

Our Lord Jesus was baptized by John the Baptizer. That’s right, Jesus was baptized just like you and me!

Why was Jesus baptized?

Jesus’ baptism is very important. When Jesus was baptized, it marked the beginning of His mission to save the world from sin through His death on the cross and His resurrection at Easter.

As Scripture days, Jesus’ Baptism was the first of many things He did to “fulfill all righteousness.” Because Jesus never sinned, He certainly didn’t need to be baptized like we do. But because He loved us so much, He chose to be baptized with the Baptism of sinners in order to identify Himself with us who are sinners. Later on the cross, Jesus paid for all our sins, and rose again to prove it to all the world.

In your Baptism, Jesus has given you all the forgiveness He earned for you on the cross.

What a wonderful gift your Baptism is!


What is the “Introit”?
The Introit (pronounced in-TRO-it) comes from a Latin word meaning “entrance.” Originally, the Introit was sung as the pastors came into the church and approached the altar.
Why do we use the Introit in the Divine Service?
Usually, the Introit is a psalm or parts of psalms put together to focus on a theme for each Sunday. Sometimes the Introit can be portions of God’s Word from other books of the Bible. Whether it’s from the Psalms or from other parts of the Bible, it’s all God’s Word.

WOW! There sure is a lot of God’s Word in the Divine Service!


What is the “Collect of the Day?”
The word “Collect” (pronounced KAHL-ect) comes from the Latin word that means “gathered together.” The Collect is a short prayer to God that “gathers together” important promises in God’s Word for us to pray about.


Why do we use the Collect in the Divine Service?”

We use the Collect in the Divine Service because it often focuses the congregation’s prayers and attention on the readings from God’s Word that follow. For some examples of Collects, look in the Propers section in the front part of the hymnal. There is a Collect printed for each Sunday of the church year. See if you can find the Collect for this Sunday.

What is a “parament”?

A parament (pronounced PAIR-uh-ment) is a colored piece of cloth that hangs on the important items of furniture in the sanctuary.  In the picture above the parament is purple during the Lenten season. This parament is called the “frontal” or “superfrontal.”  The pulpit is where the Pastor stands to speak to the congregation during the service.  When you’re in church, you will notice that the pulpit has a parament too.  Look around when you’re in church and you will see many of the important furniture pieces all have paraments.  Can you count how many are at Risen Lord?

Why do we use paraments?

Paraments are used to honor God and to beautify his sanctuary based on the seasons of the church year.  For example, during the season of Pentecost, the paraments are most likely green. During Lent, the paraments are purple. In fact, the word parament comes from a Latin word meaning “to decorate or adorn.” But these are not silent decorations. Each parament helps to proclaim the wonderful news of salvation through Jesus Christ!

      What is the “Benediction”?

The Benediction (pronounced ben-eh-DIK-shun) is God’s blessing for the congregation given through the pastor at the very end of the service. There are several different benedictions that we use in the church. The “Aaronic Benediction” is the one that we use in the Divine Service. You can find this in Numbers 6:24-26. We use the other benedictions in prayer services like the Matins and Vespers. Can you find the benedictions for these services in your hymnal? 


Why is there a Benediction in the Divine Service?
The word “Benediction” comes from Latin meaning “to speak well”. When the pastor pronounces the Benediction, God is giving us His blessing, or “speaking well” to us. He sends us on our way with His blessing after we have received all of His wonderful gifts through the Word and Sacraments.

    God sure does a lot of giving to His people!