worship, spiritual life, fellowship, lutheran, prayers, service, grace, liturgy, worshiper
Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep
In medieval lore, scientists sought to use the process of alchemy to transmute base metals into gold. Alchemy proved to be a pseudoscience, for men have devised no method to create the precious metal out of elements that are common and coarse. But in a higher sense, and in the spiritual realm, God achieves that which to man is impossible: He takes these base, ignoble elements, these earthen vessels - our stumbling words, our faltering prayers, our paltry gifts, our flawed works, our frail and sin-scarred lives - and transmutes them into gold, into offerings fit for the King.
Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Romans 12:1; Isaiah 40:31; Colossians 3:3; John 6:33;
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
"Worship: The Divine Alchemy,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 38, Article 18.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol38/iss1/18