Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

James Brauer

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Acts 15:19; 1 Corinthians 14:15; 1 Corinthians 14:26, 40; 1 Corinthians 2:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20; 2 Peter 3:1-2; Colossians 3:15-17; Colossians 3:2; Ephesians 5:1; Isaiah 1:18, 20; Isaiah 40:26, 29, 31; Isaiah 53:5ff; Isaiah 55:6-7; Isaiah 58:1; Isaiah 6:8; John 1:12; John 14:26; Mark 9:24; Philippians 2:8-11; Psalm 77:11-12;


Influences inside and outside the Lutheran Church are pressing for change in worship style from liturgical to some free form alternative. Often the purpose is to make it easier for guests without a liturgical background to participate. How can Lutheran congregations and pastors make their worship service more "user-friendly” without abandoning their liturgical link with the church of all ages and places?

First, establish the essence of Lutheran liturgical worship. How did the Lutheran Reformation deal with the need for changes? How are pastors today attempting to resolve the issue? How do we evaluate these endeavors?

One resolution is to adapt the pattern of Luther's Deutsche Messe, but using more culturally appropriate hymn settings as liturgy.

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