OUR SHARED UNDERSTANDINGS     BLC Worship Ministry
UNDERSTANDING WORSHIP AT BLC
Our Shared BLC Vision   As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you                                       - John 20:21
How does the worship ministry  support our shared vision? By helping the BLC Family encounter                             ...
Lutheran Paradigm    The Lutheran worship    service offers Christ by    guiding worshippers to a    faith encounter with ...
The Road To Emmaus      Luke 24:13-35
The Road To Emmaus                       Luke 24:13-35• Reveals the basic structure of worship:                 Word and S...
The Road To Emmaus                      Luke 24:13-35When the scriptures are read, Christ himself is madeknown:  “Were not...
The Road To Emmaus                      Luke 24:13-35When the bread is broken, Christ is also made known: He was recognize...
Augsburg Confession 7:Affirming the Core of Worship[We teach] that at alltimes there must be andremain one holy,Christian ...
Augsburg Confession 7:Affirming the Core of Worship• Church = the assembly  that gathers for Word  and Sacrament• The focu...
WHAT ARE OUR CORE VALUES?
Worship Is A Lifestyle
Involves the whole family
Trust & Ownership
Technical Excellence
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A        BLC WORSHIP GATHERINGThe following is adapted from “What’s So Special about Lutheran Worship?...
What Happens During BLC Worship? Gathering            Sending
Lutheran Worship• Structured to put Word and  Sacrament at the center of  worship!• Most Lutheran Communion  services toda...
What Happens During BLC Worship? Gathering            Sending
BLC Worship Service: GatheringWhat typically happens?• Greeting/Welcome• Invocation (naming) of the Trinity• Confession an...
BLC Worship Service: GatheringWhy we do it:• Not a utilitarian act• It is our transition from being “scattered in the  wor...
What Happens During BLC Worship? Gathering            Sending
BLC Worship Service: WordWhat typically happens?• Sharing of the Peace• Old Testament Lesson/reading• Psalm reading – as a...
BLC Worship Service: Word• Sharing of the Peace   – More than just a way of greeting one another   – A tangible expression...
BLC Worship Service: Word• Scripture readings   – Not just a pre-text for the sermon, but Christ     speaking to us   – Or...
BLC Worship Service: Word• Sermon   – Not just a Bible study or a moral lecture   – Christ uses the preacher to show us ou...
BLC Worship Service: Word• Creed  – Is a summary of what the church believes about    the Christ whom it encounters in the...
BLC Worship Service: Word• Prayers of Intercession  – The church asks for the blessings of Christ    promised in the Word ...
What Happens During BLC Worship? Gathering            Sending
BLC Worship Service: MealWhat typically happens?• Offering (Taking Bread)• Great Thanksgiving (Giving Thanks)• Fraction (B...
BLC Worship Service: Meal• More than just an ordinance to be performed• Holy Communion offers Christ• Concerning Holy Comm...
What Happens During BLC Worship? Gathering            Sending
BLC Worship Service: SendingWhat typically happens?• Announcements• Benediction• Dismissal: “Go in peace. Serve the Lord.”
BLC Worship Service: SendingWhy we do it:• It is our transition from worship to the world /  mission• Sends us to do Chris...
ENDPrepared by: Leigh
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Bangsar Lutheran Church Worship Ministry - Shared Understandings

  1. 1. OUR SHARED UNDERSTANDINGS BLC Worship Ministry
  2. 2. UNDERSTANDING WORSHIP AT BLC
  3. 3. Our Shared BLC Vision As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you - John 20:21
  4. 4. How does the worship ministry support our shared vision? By helping the BLC Family encounter Christ,so the world may encounter Christ through us. “We seek Him, then are sent by Him”
  5. 5. Lutheran Paradigm The Lutheran worship service offers Christ by guiding worshippers to a faith encounter with Christ in Word and Sacrament (the biblical core of Worship).For a more detailed exposition, please consult “What’s So Special about Lutheran Worship?” a presentation by Jeffrey Truscott, 26 Nov 2009(jeffreyt@ttc.edu.sg). Available here: [Link]
  6. 6. The Road To Emmaus Luke 24:13-35
  7. 7. The Road To Emmaus Luke 24:13-35• Reveals the basic structure of worship: Word and Sacraments• Reveals the basic content of worship: Christ Himself
  8. 8. The Road To Emmaus Luke 24:13-35When the scriptures are read, Christ himself is madeknown: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (v.32)
  9. 9. The Road To Emmaus Luke 24:13-35When the bread is broken, Christ is also made known: He was recognized by them “when he broke the bread” (v 35).
  10. 10. Augsburg Confession 7:Affirming the Core of Worship[We teach] that at alltimes there must be andremain one holy,Christian church. It is theassembly of all believersamong whom theGospel is purelypreached and thesacraments are The Augsburg Confession, also known as the "Augustana" from its Latin name, Confessio Augustana, is the primary confession of faith of the Lutheran Church and one of the most important documents of theadministered according Lutheran reformation. The Augsburg Confession was written in both German and Latin, and was presented by a number of German rulersto the Gospel. and free-cities at the Diet of Augsburg on June 25, 1530.
  11. 11. Augsburg Confession 7:Affirming the Core of Worship• Church = the assembly that gathers for Word and Sacrament• The focus of our life together as a church is these “central things” that offer Christ to us – scriptures proclaimed The Augsburg Confession, also known as the "Augustana" from its and bread broken and Latin name, Confessio Augustana, is the primary confession of faith of the Lutheran Church and one of the most important documents of the shared, baptizing or Lutheran reformation. The Augsburg Confession was written in both German and Latin, and was presented by a number of German rulers remembering baptism and free-cities at the Diet of Augsburg on June 25, 1530.
  12. 12. WHAT ARE OUR CORE VALUES?
  13. 13. Worship Is A Lifestyle
  14. 14. Involves the whole family
  15. 15. Trust & Ownership
  16. 16. Technical Excellence
  17. 17. WHAT HAPPENS DURING A BLC WORSHIP GATHERINGThe following is adapted from “What’s So Special about Lutheran Worship?” a presentation by Jeffrey Truscott, 26 Nov 2009(jeffreyt@ttc.edu.sg). Available here: [Link]
  18. 18. What Happens During BLC Worship? Gathering Sending
  19. 19. Lutheran Worship• Structured to put Word and Sacrament at the center of worship!• Most Lutheran Communion services today have a four- fold structure: – Gathering – Word (Scripture Lessons/ Sermon) – Meal (Holy Communion) – Sending
  20. 20. What Happens During BLC Worship? Gathering Sending
  21. 21. BLC Worship Service: GatheringWhat typically happens?• Greeting/Welcome• Invocation (naming) of the Trinity• Confession and Absolution• Collect (opening prayer)
  22. 22. BLC Worship Service: GatheringWhy we do it:• Not a utilitarian act• It is our transition from being “scattered in the world” to being “gathered for worship”• Prepares us to hear Christ speak to us anew by bringing us into the presence of the God revealed by Jesus, i.e., the Triune God
  23. 23. What Happens During BLC Worship? Gathering Sending
  24. 24. BLC Worship Service: WordWhat typically happens?• Sharing of the Peace• Old Testament Lesson/reading• Psalm reading – as a response to OT• New Testament (Epistle) Lesson/reading• Gospel Lesson/Sermon/Message• Creed recital• Prayers of Intercession (aka prayers of the church, intercessory prayers, prayers of the people, prayers and concerns, etc)
  25. 25. BLC Worship Service: Word• Sharing of the Peace – More than just a way of greeting one another – A tangible expression of the Peace given to the church and world by Christ’s saving death and resurrection
  26. 26. BLC Worship Service: Word• Scripture readings – Not just a pre-text for the sermon, but Christ speaking to us – Order of readings culminates with the Gospel, the chief reading of the day – As a recognition of our meeting Christ in the Word, we answer the Scripture Reader’s declaration “This is the Word of the Lord” with “Thanks be to God.”
  27. 27. BLC Worship Service: Word• Sermon – Not just a Bible study or a moral lecture – Christ uses the preacher to show us our need (law) and to assure us of his love and forgiveness (gospel) – Law and Gospel in preaching kill and make alive, and thereby make us conform to Christ. – The Word in worship is an encounter with Christ
  28. 28. BLC Worship Service: Word• Creed – Is a summary of what the church believes about the Christ whom it encounters in the Word – Is a summary of the faith that is created by the preaching of the Gospel – In medieval Germany, the Creed followed the reading of the Gospel Lesson
  29. 29. BLC Worship Service: Word• Prayers of Intercession – The church asks for the blessings of Christ promised in the Word – The church fulfills the priestly role given to it by Christ by praying for the world
  30. 30. What Happens During BLC Worship? Gathering Sending
  31. 31. BLC Worship Service: MealWhat typically happens?• Offering (Taking Bread)• Great Thanksgiving (Giving Thanks)• Fraction (Breaking Bread)• Distribution of elements (Giving bread)
  32. 32. BLC Worship Service: Meal• More than just an ordinance to be performed• Holy Communion offers Christ• Concerning Holy Communion, Luther’s Small Catechism says – “It is the true body and blood of Christ under bread and wine… for us to eat and drink.” – “… life and salvation are given to us in the sacrament…” (Small Catechism)
  33. 33. What Happens During BLC Worship? Gathering Sending
  34. 34. BLC Worship Service: SendingWhat typically happens?• Announcements• Benediction• Dismissal: “Go in peace. Serve the Lord.”
  35. 35. BLC Worship Service: SendingWhy we do it:• It is our transition from worship to the world / mission• Sends us to do Christ’s work in the world
  36. 36. ENDPrepared by: Leigh

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