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Luther's Coat of Arms


In 1530, while Martin Luther was still living in Coburg Castle, Prince John Frederick ordered a signet ring for him that was characteristic of Luther's theology.

The black cross on a heart (faith in Christ who died and rose again) rests on a white rose (joy, comfort, and peace beyond that of this world) in a sky-blue field (the beginning of a heavenly joy), and is encircled with a gold ring (the eternal and precious possession of salvation).

Lutheran Worship
Getting used to our way of worship takes some time and practice.

At first things may seem very foreign and unfamiliar. (However, if you come from an Anglican or Roman Catholic background, you will find our way of worshiping very familiar.)

Those who take the time learn that it can be a rewarding experience, especially if you make it a regular part of your life.

We call our style of worship "liturgy." Liturgy is a Greek word that means "the work of the people."

Worship works best when everyone gets involved: standing up, sitting down, perhaps kneeling, shaking hands, walking up to the front, eating, drinking, singing, speaking, praying, maybe even laughing and crying!

Lutheran worship usually follows a pattern that has evolved over centuries of use. A number of the songs and sayings are English translations of words that Christians have been using for a very long time. Some of them go way back to the earliest days of the Christian Church, and many are found in the Bible.

Our congregations do liturgy in a wide variety of ways. Some follow the book quite closely and allow very little room for change or experiment. Others fill their worship with all sorts of innovations and an equal assortment of musical instruments. Whatever is used as the style of worship in the Lutheran congregation which you chose, it likely reflects the moods, needs and history of that congregation.

Since Lutheran Book of Worship (which many of us call 'the green book' or 'the LBW') is the standard worship resource for most of our congregations, it helps to understand how it works. A growing number of congregations are using With One Voice (popularly called 'the blue book') which also follows the pattern of the LBW. When this material was written, Lutherans in North America had begun a major redevelopment of worship material. This will likely result in several new worship resources.

The first part of the LBW has a variety of worship services along with several other printed worship resources such as prayers and psalms.

This part has page numbers. So if you see a page listed or hear a page announced, start looking in the front of the book.

However if you hear a hymn announced, head for the back of the book. This part is the hymn section and is listed by hymn numbers.

If ou take time to browse through Lutheran Book of Worship, you will discover a rich treasure house. Our worship books can help to shape your faith in private moments too. In fact, some of the more devout Lutherans know and treasure their worship book almost as much as they do their Bibles.

Worship is vital for a Christian if you want to continue to be a Christian. Most of the time worship is something you have to do with other people. Why do you think that Jesus taught us to pray "our" Father?


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