Liturgical renewal is possible among Lutherans today but only with a small number of pastors and congregations. Only small steps can be made within Lutheranism for a variety of reasons. These reasons arise from a variety of other concerns and priorities that, on an ongoing basis, present themselves to pastors and congregations. Liturgical renewal clearly cannot be imposed on either the pastor or the congregation. Rather such renewal should be based on and arise out of the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of the Altar. As the Eucharist is the focus of any and all liturgical renewal this means that the renewal must be recognized and supported by pastors and congregations in their own places. Everything depends on how the Eucharist is understood and received in each place. With renewed appreciation of the Eucharist appreciation and renewal of the liturgy will follow.
The Bride of Christ Journal: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgical Renewal was published from 1977 to 2007. Although the journal is currently not being published, liturgical renewal among Lutherans continues. Until the journal begins publication again we hope to use this blog and the accompanying website to encourage and support liturgical renewal by making past issues available online and by discussing the historic liturgy and its use among Lutherans today.
Coming soon: What is meant by "liturgical renewal"?