THE BRIDE OF CHRIST has been published four times per year by Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, Inc., a non-profit society of evangelical catholics who have united to recall the Evangelical Lutheran Church to the position of the Reformers as stated in the Augsburg Confession, Article XXI, "There is nothing [in our confession] that varies from the Scriptures, from the Church Catholic, or from the Church of Rome as known from its writers." Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, Inc., is dedicated to the production and distribution of materials that exhibit a catholic form of doctrine, liturgy, and ministry. from the masthead of the last published issue:
Volume XXIX, No. 4, AFTER PENTECOST, A.D. 2007

Friday of Reminiscere + St. Peter's Chair at Antioch + 22 February 2008

WELCOME to the blog for THE BRIDE OF CHRIST: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgical Renewal (BOC). This is a resurrection of the BOC Journal website which is dedicated to the publication of "The Bride of Christ" and Lutheran Liturgical Renewal. With the resurrection of this site it is our hope that THE BRIDE OF CHRIST will once again see publication, either as a published quarterly journal, or in a digital version, or both. To this end we are re-constructing the website and are offering a companion blog for the purpose of discussing issues related to the journal and Lutheran Liturgical Renewal. Miscellaneous articles, essays, etc. from past issues will be made available on the blog from time to time. We invite you to join us in the discussion and share your ideas and suggestions.

1. Providing a digital version of the journal.
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In Christ,
Rev. Timothy D. May
Editor

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Liturgy and the Economy

In society when the economy is the issue the economy becomes the issue. The economy is usually made the issue whenever an election rolls around (we see that it also helps to avoid other issues). In terms of the election this year the economy made its way forcefully into the spotlight.

The liturgy is concerned with the worship of the Holy Trinity by those who, in Christ, have a citizenship which is in heaven. The strength of the liturgy is also the cause of its greatest misunderstanding in this world. The great economic systems of the world seek to influence the liturgy in ways that best reflect their view of the world. On the one hand, attempts might be made to turn the liturgy into entertainment and worshipers into an audience. The pastor takes on the role of motivator. On the other hand, attempts might be made to turn the liturgy into a gathering to promote social and political issues. Here the pastor takes on the role of social revolutionary seeking justice. Both of these approaches, if and when they are allowed to influence and take precedence over the liturgy, do not appreciate the true focus and value of the liturgy.

For the Church the liturgy is the issue because here is where the economy of God's salvation for His people in Christ and His cross is worked out among His people. Here is where we are gathered by God so that He may distribute to us His gifts and we may offer up our sacrifices of thanksgiving to Him. In this liturgy the people are redeemed by Christ. They are made part of Christ's Body and strengthened in the one true faith. The worshipers are shaped by Word and Sacrament and participate in the divine life of forgiveness and salvation. Here the pastor remains in the God-given role of pastor.

In the divine economy the liturgy is the issue for it is concerned with the relationship God has with His people. It becomes especially so when it is taken away from its divine origins and divine focus and revised to cater to the felt needs of the consumers.

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