Worship in the LCMS

Q: I’m new to the worshiping community of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. What’s worship like?

A: Worship here begins with God’s rich gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation delivered to us through His Means of Grace: Word and Sacrament. As we receive these gifts, we respond with thanksgiving and praise, both with our voices, and with our lives. Musical resources utilized in worship reflect the diversity of the Body of Christ and come from several styles, cultures, and backgrounds. Worship is always “contemporary” (happening now), and also “traditional” (continuous, inherited, established). Finally, worship is participatory! We are not spectators – we are active participants as we hear and respond to God’s Word in worship in word and song.

Prayer: Lord God, bless Your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a word of power and peace to convert those not yet Your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May Your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip, and from the lip to the life that, as You have promised, Your Word may achieve the purpose for which You send it; through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen. (LSB Prayers for Worship)