In the past, I’ve been told “you should write a blog about worship!”
Sounds great! The only problem was that my first thought – writing a blog for worship planners – was kind of been-there-done-that. There’s a LOT of blogs out there for worship planners!
But then I thought it might be more fun to create a blog that explains Lutheran worship for people in the pew. For my congregation. For other folks in my synod (and beyond!). I’ve been in this racket for a long time, and it’s always held true that when a congregation knows WHAT they are doing and WHY they are doing it, the very nature of their worship changes.
So I will strive each week to provide some of the “back story” behind the worship I prepare each week with my colleagues at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Encinitas, California, as well as with my colleagues for the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). I might outline how we arrived at a particular liturgical ordo (order of worship) for a season or event, or I might relate a hymn story. I may do a little catechesis too, so you can discover where a particular part of the rite comes from or what its Scriptural basis is.
I’ve just started my seminary training online for a Master’s in Theological Studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. I’m sure that as I dive into my classes I’ll be learning a lot of things and will probably have some preconceived notions challenged. (I understand that is one of the primary goals of seminary!) I’m also brand-new at the whole blog thing so hopefully I’ll figure that out too.
So welcome! Pull up a chair, grab your favorite beverage, and if you have thoughts or comments, please do join the conversation.