The Altar Guild Manual–LSB edition

“This helpful handbook will help those dedicated to providing a reverent worship space that demonstrates love and respect for God and His people gathered in His name. This manual covers altar guild functions such as displaying, cleaning, and storing paraments and linens appropriately; caring for sacramental vessels and vestments; preparing for and cleaning up after worship services; ordering supplies; and more. This is an excellent reference book for any church library.”[1]

This manual gives direction to the altar guild for the care of God’s house.  Not every question will be answered to every one’s satisfaction, but much is offered that is benefit to all who read/study it.  It might very well serve as an introduction to the care of the vessels used in worship, the various items in the sanctuary and their uses, and the vestments worn by the clergy and the assistants.

For any who are serving in an altar guild, would like to know what the various furnishings used in the worship are called, or who would like to know more about what goes on “behind the scenes” (and why), this book is an initial resource for further understanding and appreciatingthe things of God’s house.

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New Study to begin for the Sunday Adult Class, April 10 @ 10:30am

“Through stories of his own pastoral experiences, reflections on the Lutheran Confessions, the writings of Martin Luther, and Scripture itself, Klemet I. Preus explores the impact of the American Evangelical and Church Growth Movements on the modern Lutheran Church. He reminds readers that practice and doctrine are inextricably linked for those who are the body of Christ. The Fire and the Staff captures the relationship between doctrine and practice. Doctrine is like a fire. It lights our way and warms us. Doctrine and practice are more closely related, even interdependent, than is often realized. Doctrine affects practice and practice affects doctrine. The two are so intimately woven together that when you change one, you will inevitably change the other, sometimes without realizing what has happened.”[1]

Why do Lutherans do what they do, and how are doctrine and practice related?  These questions and more are addressed in this helpful book by a Lutheran pastor bound unconditionally to the Lutheran Confessions.

Various theologies plague Christianity and wrestle for superiority.  Preus not only draws distinctions, but gives explanation and illustration of why it is necessary “To contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints,”(Jude 1:3) with reference to doctrine, certainly, but also with reference to practice, that is, to worship, and how the Christian church does what it does.

Upon casual observation, the influence of doctrine to practice and how practice is affected by doctrine may not be immediately noticeable.  However, the two cannot be separated.  Recognizing the practice will help determine what the doctrine is, and understanding the doctrine will give answer for the kind of practice.

This book is especially needful in the church, for little regard is often given, not only to the historical practices of the church (and why we might use them), but more importantly, how practice may demonstrate either a consistency or an inconsistency with the Gospel itself.

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