Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | October 27, 2009

Two New Papers on Worship and Lord’s Supper

A couple of conference papers crossed my desk this week from various parts of the Wisconsin Synod (Arizona-California District and North Atlantic District) and I wanted to share them with you.  Both are timely, as the study of God’s Word always is, but especially as they deal with issues that are being discussed in Lutheran circles these days — worship and the Lord’s Supper.

1) Neither Papistic Nor Karlstadian, by Pr. Johnold Strey, deals with the issues of adiaphora and worship, especially focusing on Luther’s approach to adiaphora during the Reformation.

This is especially relevant as the discussion concerning traditional vs. contemporary worship continues among the Church, and as we in the Wisconsin Synod introduce a new worship resource, Christian Worship: Supplement.

2) Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face, by Pr. Jeremiah Gumm, discusses the proper, evangelical ways and means to encourage more frequent reception of the Lord’s Supper among us.

Since the beginning of the New Testament Church, this has been an issue among us.  Because Jesus did not specify a set number of times a Christian will receive the Supper, but simply said, “Whenever,” or “as often as,” errors have occurred in both directions — commanding certain amounts of reception, or abusing our freedom and not receiving.



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