In our services, we use the historic order of service known as the liturgy. Below is a brief explanation of the liturgy.
The liturgy is a specific order of service that has been used in the Christian Church for nearly two millennia. It has two basic parts: the Service of the Word (during which Scripture is read) and the Service of Holy Communion (during which the Lord’s Supper is celebrated).
The liturgy has its roots in the earliest days of the Christian Church. The Service of the Word is based on the order of service used by Jewish believers in the synagogue for hundreds of years. Jesus Christ himself used this order of service during his ministry (Luke 4:16,17). To the Service of the Word, the early believers added the Service of Holy Communion, offering the Lord’s Supper every Sunday.
We use the liturgy at St. Martin’s for several reasons.
First and foremost, we use the liturgy because it is thoroughly saturated with the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. It ensures that we receive exactly what we need on a weekly basis.
Second, we use the liturgy because it provides stability. Once you learn the basic pattern, you don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen next. You can focus instead on Christ.
Third, we use the liturgy because it provides freshness. The basic structure of the liturgy stays the same from week to week, but the theme of the lessons and hymns changes every week.
Fourth, we use the liturgy because it connects us with the believers who have gone before us. We speak the same blessing spoken by Aaron 3500 years ago. We chant the same psalms chanted by David 3000 years ago. We sing the same hymns sung by Luther 500 years ago.
Fifth, we use the liturgy because it connects us with other believers today. Each week, we hear the same lessons and focus on the same themes that millions of other believers around the world are hearing and focussing on.
For an explanation of the parts of the liturgy, click here.