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We have also seen the dumbing down of the Divine Service until it is a slappy, clappy and pretty crappy reflection of our own feelings, not the Truth who sets us free, the Word of God.

Concordia and Koinonia

Thirty-four years ago, my first call as a pastor was to a Lutheran congregation which held dual membership in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the much smaller breakaway denomination from the LCMS, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC, which eventually helped found the liberal/progressivist Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).  I was the assistant pastor, AELC and the senior pastor was LCMS.  

Before my arrival, the senior pastor had the congregation use two hymnals and for some time:  The Lutheran Hymnal (LCMS;  published 1941, the “red book”) and the newer Lutheran Book of Worship (more associated with the AELC and other Lutheran church bodies; published 1978, the “green book”). So on some Sundays it was Green first half, Red second half, or the reverse, or all Green or all Red.  It could be quite confusing.

This congregation was bi-ritual which taught me something about the Holy Trinity and the Divine…

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