At no other time or place in our week does God’s Word, his voice, break into our lives as forcefully as when we are gathered together in worship. God’s transforming power in worship is his voice, which we hear through the Bible and the sacraments. It is important that we prepare to hear God’s voice in worship by doing a law & gospel study of the assigned Bible readings for each week. These readings are organized in a three year cycle of readings, called the Lectionary, which has been used in varying forms for centuries. Martin Luther described worship as the time when, The power of God’s Word (voice) must have free course. That is to say, we can prepare before worship to listen for God’s transforming voice by doing a law and gospel study of the assigned readings so that we will be open to receive the specific message God’s voice has for us in worship.
What do you think of Luther’s description of worship?