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Why is the Lutheran Church a Liturgical Church? A Confessional Anthology.

This is a paper prepared by the Rev. David Jay Webber which lists the many passages from the Lutheran Confessions which address the topic of worship and the liturgy in the Lutheran Church. Copied here in case it goes off-line.

The Lutheran Liturgy

Rev. David Millette (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada) has prepared a brief summary of the meaning of the Divine Service. Copied here in case the link is down.

Why the Historic Liturgy of the Church

A series of bulletin inserts from Rev. Michael McCoy's Scholia website confessing the merits and dynamics of the historic liturgy of the church.

Liturgy Notes

These notes were prepared by Rev. David Oberdieck (Trinity Lutheran Church, Lebanon, Missouri). They are brief enough to be reprinted as a bulletin insert. They have been modified and published on the Brothers of John the Steadfast site.

The Lutheran Hymnal Daily Office

"The Lutheran Hymnal Daily Office" intends to become a companion volume to The Lutheran Hymnal. The Daily Office will include antiphons, responsories, texts, rubrics and music to allow a more traditional, rich, and beautiful celebration of Matins and Vespers. As such, it should become a help to pastors and others who would like to begin the daily singing of the offices in the congregations or among other groups.

Church Year and Pericope

Book of Concord - Bulletin Inserts (3-yr servies)

Rev. Doug May (Hope Lutheran Church, Socorro, New Mexico) publishes weekly readings from the Book of Concord which correspond to the appointed readings (OT, epistle, or Gospel readings) for each Sunday in the Church for the three-year lectionary. This site has an archive of past selections. New selections are published weekly on the Lutheran Liturgy discussion group (subscribe).

Church Year at a Glance (3-year series)

This resource provides a listing of the readings from the three-year lectionary series. In addition, links to service notes and the complete readings are provided. Although the readings are from the three-year series, the service notes are for both the one-year and three-year lectionary series.

Psalter Schedule

This page reprints the daily reading schedule of the Psalms from The Lutheran Hymnal (pp. 166-167) -- "The Psalter Distributed over Thirty-One Days". This version provides links to the Psalms for easy reference and reading.

Individual Cups and Chalice

No poison can be in the Cup that my Physician sends me. by Rev Marcus T. Zill

The topic of the use of the chalice and/or individual cups is often a thorny one. When someone dares to bring it up they are often accused of majoring in minors. However, it was not apparently a “minor” issue not worth discussing when over the past century many, if not most, of our congregations gave up, or moved away from, the scriptural, historic and catholic (i.e. universal) use of the chalice towards widespread acceptance of the use of either glass or plastic individual cups.
Originally from http://www.standrewslaramie.org/files/chalice.pdf

One-Year or Three-Year Pericope

Miscellaneous Items

"What About" Series – PDF Files

This web page lists all of the "What About" series prepared by the late Rev. Dr. Alvin Barry (past President of the LCMS). The copyright on this booklet allows for it to be freely distributed in electronic format, as long as it is not changed and there is no money made off the exchange. The files are in PDF format.

"The Survival of the Historic Vestments in the Lutheran Church after 1555" by Arthur Carl Piepkorn

This site has made Piepkorn's book available in electronic format. The copy we had has copyright probems; if anyone has a copy please send it to us; it is no longer published according to our research.

On My Heart Imprint Thine Image - A closer look at the Crucifix and the Question of “Graven Images”, by Rev Marcus T. Zill

The use of images in the life of the church is nothing new. Crucifixes (crosses depicted with the body of Christ nailed on them) have been used in the church catholic (i.e. universal) for over a millennium. They also have a long history within Lutheranism. Many believe wrongly that the use of crucifixes is a “Roman Catholic” practice. Yet, the use of crucifixes, statues and other images have always been a regular and routine fixture in Lutheran congregations, both during Luther’s lifetime, and among the founding fathers of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Though there is a “catholic” element to the use of crucifixes, there is nothing uniquely “Roman Catholic” about it.
Originally posted at http://www.standrewslaramie.org at http://www.standrewslaramie.org/files/crucifix.pdf

Greek Language and Bible Resources

Bible Gateway

Bible Gateway is a free service for reading and researching scripture online-- all in the language or translation of your choice! We provide advanced searching capabilities based on keywords or scripture references, and various tools to enhance your study of the Bible. It can also be accessed via another URL.


e-Sword is a fast and effective way to study the Bible. e-Sword is feature rich and user friendly with more capabilities than you would expect in a free software package. This is a freeware program that offers multiple Bible versions plus Commentaries and Dictionaries.

The Greek New Testament Gateway

This is a comprehensive directory of academic internet resources related to the New Testament. It is divided into (at present) nine sub-directories and dozens of pages, each relating to a specific topic. Every link is annotated. The annotations help users to pinpoint the information for which they are looking. This website focuses on resources that will be of interest to both scholars and students of the New Testament.

Resources for learning New Testament Greek

The purpose of this Web site is to provide resources for people seeking to know the Living God and His Word through the original language of the New Testament, Koine Greek.

Obsolete Links

The following liks are left here for a period of time; they no longer work, but if someone reading this knows where they have moved (or can find them) we'd be happy to place them back on this page:

Free Online Bible Software

This is an "unofficial" webspage of Online Bible links, designed to get new people started the easiest possible way.

QuickMem Greek

QuickMem Greek is based on the QuickMem engine to help you learn New Testament Greek vocabulary. The words lists are based on Bruce M. Metzger’s Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek covering all words occurring ten or more times in the New Testament.

One-year Lectionary Readings Inserts (NKJV)

Rev Todd Peperkorn (Messiah Lutheran Church, Kenosha, WI) and Rev. Thomas Hoyt (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Warda, TX) are working together to produce the TLH one-year lectionary readings with the New King James translation. About 80% of the readings are completed.

Book of Concord - Bulletin Inserts (1-yr services)

Rev. Todd Peperkorn (Messiah Lutheran Church, Kenosha, WI) publishes weekly readings from the Book of Concord which correspond to the appointed readings (OT, epistle, or Gospel readings) for each Sunday in the Church for the one-year lectionary. This site has an archive of past selections. New selections are published weekly on the Historic Preaching List (subscribe) of Confess and Teach for Unity.

Updated: 2009-05-28