What the offering and the prayer mean

Next in our ongoing series from The Narrative Commentary on the Divine Service by John Pless:

OFFERING

Having received from the generosity of the Father who is the Author and Giver of every good and perfect gift, we now return of the gifts that we have been given. The offering is accompanied with an offertory from Psalm 51 which teaches us that the highest offering is simply to receive, in faith, the gifts God gives for body and soul.

THE PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

God’s Word is always primary in worship. We speak only as we are spoken to. Gathered in Jesus’ Name, we bring the petitions and thanksgivings before Him that grow out of His Word. This prayer is called the Prayer of the Church for in this prayer, the Royal Priesthood of All Believers does its priestly work of making “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings” for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.

via Grace Lutheran Church – Pastor’s Letter – March 2010.

Again, it’s called the “Divine Service”–the translation of the German Gottesdienst–because in it God serves US!

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • helen

    I wish we did use Psalm 51 as the offeratory!

  • helen

    I wish we did use Psalm 51 as the offeratory!

  • helen

    OOPS! S’cuse the spelling!

  • helen

    OOPS! S’cuse the spelling!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    I love that offertory too, Helen. It is imprinted deep in my soul as a fitting commentary on what I bring to God in Worship compared to what I am about to receive in the Holy Sacrament. “Create in me a clean heart, O God…”

  • Bryan Lindemood

    I love that offertory too, Helen. It is imprinted deep in my soul as a fitting commentary on what I bring to God in Worship compared to what I am about to receive in the Holy Sacrament. “Create in me a clean heart, O God…”


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