The Liturgy and its Use in Our Church

I have set before you in the introduction to this essay two realities that I find very strange. The first reality is that in a church which for more than half of its history distrusted and eschewed the church’s ancient liturgy one hears some rather strident voices accusing those who abandon the liturgy of harming the unity of the Church and overturning the gospel of Christ. The second reality is that in a church which for more than a third of its history nurtured and witnessed to countless souls by means of the ancient liturgy one hears some rather insistent voices accusing those who use the liturgy of lacking concern and love for the lost. I’m not quite sure if WELS is involved in discussions or embroiled in debates over the role of the liturgy in public worship, but it seems that the rhetoric might wisely be cooled.

Prof. James Tiefel

James Tiefel serves as professor of worship and homiletics at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI. He also serves the Seminary as the Dean of Chapel.

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