What Makes Worship Lutheran?

by the Rev’d Paul Bosch

I’ve been challenged by Anglican friends in recent days by the question in my title. How can you tell when liturgy is authentically “Lutheran”? Put in other ways: Are there distinctive qualities in Christian worship that can be identified as Lutheran? What constitutes a Lutheran liturgy? Is there anything at all distinctive in worship that calls itself Lutheran? What can you find in Sunday worship in a Lutheran church that’s different from, say, worship in an Anglican church? In a Presbyterian church? A Methodist church? A United Church? Read more

Lost in the Forest, Part I

General Synod 2016 & The Liturgy Task Force
Lost in the Forest Part 1

As General Synod 2016 meets in Toronto, human sexuality has once again claimed the headlines. The revision of Canon XXI is something I dearly desire and, while I was on Faith, Worship and Ministry, I served as a member of a small working group that explored how the Canon could be revised to include the marriage of same-sex couples.

However, the focus on sexuality means that other significant work may get ‘lost in the forest’. One babe which may get lost amidst the trees is the work of liturgical revision begun by the Liturgy Task Force six years ago. Read more