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Gottesblog

A blog of the Evangelical Lutheran Liturgy

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Gottesdienst or Geldings in the Real World?

One of the things that I like about the Gottesdienst Crowd is that we are not advocates for the liturgy because of personal taste or effete sensibilities, or an intellectual devotion to historical marginalia. Pastors and laypeople involved in the life of the church understand that as the blood of Christ is the lifeblood of the Church, Sunday morning Divine Services are the vessels that carry the blood of the Lamb to us. Hence our name Gottesdienst.

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What's in a Name?

A pastor of an LCMS congregation recently made a big production out of his congregation’s name change. They had previously excised the name “Lutheran”, but had retained the rest of the congregation’s original name after one of our Blessed Lord’s apostles. But now, in response to the disapproval of unbelievers, and based on focus groups and research, the pastor pushed for the congregation to adopt a completely non-traditional name that was actually the same as the brand name of an SUV. It has generated some humorous responses in the world of Lutheran social media and blogs.

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For the Work of the Ministry

In a private discussion group for pastors, an LCMS pastor made the following statement:

"Our role as pastor is not to do the work of the ministry but to equip the saints for the work of the ministry Eph 4:11-12"

Think about that.

"Our role as pastor is not to do the work of the ministry" - because Ephesians 4.

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