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Our Worship Service is Similar to How Jesus Worshipped!

Luke 4:14-16 New International Version

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth 14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read,

Tuesday - January 25

Our Lutheran worship service is actually based on the ancient traditions that Jesus also used when he worshiped in the Jewish synagogues. The service started with the singing of a Psalm (hymn). Then the congregation would confess the Shema (Deut. 6:4-5), a simple, basic declaration of their Jewish faith, similar to how we confess the Apostles’ Creed. Then the congregation would pray the 18 Traditional Prayers, which are still read today in synagogues, then a scripture reading from the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) and then a reading from one of the Old Testament prophets, and finally a sermon. Then the service would finish with a prayer and a blessing. We have a few more things, especially on a Communion Sunday, but in many ways we worship in very similar fashion to Jesus and his disciples!

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