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					Lutheran Church

      Martin Luther

  David Peterson
    Ray Starin
       Topics of Discussion

• Martin Luther’s Protestant
• Worship Practices
• Procedure of Service
• When Worship is Practiced
       Martin Luther’s Protestant
• Martin Luther lived from 1483-1546
• Luther developed his own personal theology,
  which erupted into outright blasphemy when he
  protested the use of indulgences in his 95
• Pope Leo declared 41 articles of Luther's
  teachings as heretical teachings, and Luther's
  books were publicly burned in Rome. Luther
  became more passionate in his effort to reform
  the Catholic church.
• Luther's first writing was The Sermon on
  Good Works, in which he argued that
  “good works do not benefit the soul; only
  faith could do that. “
• In 1521, the Holy Roman Emperor,
  Charles V, demanded that Luther appear
  before the diet of the Holy Roman Empire
  at Worms. Luther was asked to recant.
  Luther refused and he was placed under
  an imperial ban as an outlaw. He
  managed to escape, however to Germany.
• Luther was excommunicated from the
  church in 1521.
• What had started as a attempt to reform
  the church had turned into a project of
  building a new church independent of the
  Catholic church. Thus started the
  Protestant church.
• Lutheran was a name applied to Luther
  and his followers as an insult but adopted
  as a badge of honor by them instead.
• Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation
  on October 31 and still hold to the basic
  principles of theology and practice
  espoused by Luther.
• Another of Luther's principles was that
  Scriptures and worship need to be in the
  language of the people.
        Luther’s Idea of Freiheit
• the concept of Freiheit, "freedom," or "liberty." This is
  not our concept of freedom, but in the eventual turn of
  time it will give rise to the notion of "individual freedom,"
  and later "political freedom," and later "economic
  freedom." Most of the European Enlightenment revolves
  around freedom and the project of "liberating" people:
  liberating them from false beliefs, from false religion,
  from arbitrary authority, etc.--that is, what we will be
  calling "liberation discourse." Westerners still participate
  in this Enlightenment project today. This idea of
  "liberating" people, so common to the international
  politics of our own period, comes out of Luther's idea of
  "freedom." (Coutesy of
           Lutheran Beliefs
• We are saved by the grace of God alone -
  not by anything we do
• Our salvation is through faith alone - we
  only need to believe that our sins are
  forgiven for Christ's sake, who died to
  redeem us
• The Bible is the only norm of doctrine and
  life - the only true standard by which
  teachings and doctrines are to be judged.
           Lutheran Beliefs
• Luther's Small Catechism, which contains
  teachings on the Ten Commandments, the
  Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, Holy
  Baptism, Confession and Absolution, Holy
  Communion and Morning and Evening
  Prayers, is still used to introduce people to
  the Lutheran faith, as is the Augsburg
       To Become a Pastor
• They must go through seminarian school
  and are allowed to marry.
• Men and Women can both become
• They conduct worship through teachings
  of the bible, and through a sermon.
             Worship Practices
• Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, and Confirmation, Holy
  Communion are practiced.
• Lutherans accept two Sacraments as God-given means
  for people to receive grace from God. Baptism and Holy
  Communion are visible acts of God's love.
• In Baptism, and it can be seen more clearly in infant
  Baptism, God freely offers his grace and lovingly
  establishes a new community. It is in Baptism that
  people become members of Christ's Body on earth, the
• In Holy Communion - often called the Lord's Supper or
  the Eucharist, those who come to the table receive in
  bread and wine the body and blood of their Lord. This
  gift is itself the real presence of God's forgiveness and
  mercy, nourishing believers in union with their Lord and
  with each other.
    How to become a Lutheran
• To become a Lutheran, only Baptism in the
  name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are
• If you are Baptized in a Christian faith it will then
  only be necessary to attend a membership class
  in a Lutheran congregation and thus signify your
  desire to become a part of its community. Active
  members of other Lutheran congregations
  usually need only to transfer their membership.
       Procedure of Service
• Prelude
  – Done with organ or piano music
  – Altar boy lights the candles as part of his
    confirmation requirements.
  – Pastor walks up center aisle and does prayer
    facing the altar.
  • Welcome
    • Where the Pastor greets the congregation, and
      gives blessing on the days date, representing the
      biblical calendar.
• Brief order of confession and forgiveness,
  where everyone stands.
  – Done in the name of the Father, Son, and
    Holy Spirit.
  • After Pastor ask for blessing of the
    congregation, there is a minute of silence for
    self-examination and reflection.
  • Prayer of the Day is then done.
  • First and second lesson is then done with
    Psalm (sung) in between the lessons.
• After Second lesson, a passage from the
  Holy Gospel is read.
• This is followed by the sermon in which
  the Pastor delivers from behind the pulpit.
• After the sermon the Creed is read
  – Apostles Creed is usually read, except for
    around Easter the Nicene Creed is read.
  • Then the Holy Communion is done.
  • Offering and songs are sung afterwards.
  • Offertory prayer is done.
    Benediction and Dismissal
• For ending service, they do a Great
• Following is the Lords Prayer.
• The Pastor then gives his blessing and
  holds Communion Prayer.
• Followed by the Benediction and a
Immanuel Lutheran Church (ECLA)

• ECLA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in
• Location
  – 104 Snelling Avenue S
  – Saint Paul, MN 55105
  – Website
• Started by Norwegian immigrants to
  Minnesota, they start a Lutheran
• Started in 1871 (135th anniversary this
  year of worship and fellowship.)
• 1917- The chapel is built at it’s current site
  of Goodrich and Snelling.
• 1,012 members currently
  – Confirmation is done in 9th grade
  – Average age is 65-70
• The Church has never had a mortgage
  until now with the addition of a gathering
  area between the two buildings.

                View from Snelling Ave.
View from Goodrich Ave.

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