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
• 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 WWW.wsu.edu)
• 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
• The Bible is the only norm of doctrine and
life - the only true standard by which
teachings and doctrines are to be judged.
• 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.
• 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
– Done with organ or piano music
– Altar boy lights the candles as part of his
– Pastor walks up center aisle and does prayer
facing the altar.
• Where the Pastor greets the congregation, and
gives blessing on the days date, representing the
• Brief order of confession and forgiveness,
where everyone stands.
– Done in the name of the Father, Son, and
• 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
– 104 Snelling Avenue S
– Saint Paul, MN 55105
• 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.