The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Join the holy dance

The patterns of worship transform the ordinary into grace and wonder

"My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret" (Psalm 139:15). Those words affirm that God knows and loves each of us from the beginning of our being. Yet Christians also know that at the baptismal font they were brought into God's family and a new self emerged from the waters. We nourish our baptismal identity as God's children in corporate worship.

Frequently we begin our worship by confessing the sin that clings to us and by hearing God's forgiving love announced. Having heard God's word in Scripture readings, hymns, the sermon and the liturgy, we gather at the Lord's table to taste what God has given and promises to give. Thus nourished, we depart to live anew, as God's own children.

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