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Lutheran Worship:
A Look at its Relationshipto the Worship of God’s PeopleFrom the Old Testament Through the Temple Period Until Today(To satisfy the requirements for the Doctor of Ministry Degree)ByRev. Michael W. Wollman
Table of Contents
Introduction 3Chapter 1: The Problem 6Chapter 2: The Context 13Chapter 3: The Old Testament Setting for Worship 16Chapter 4: Justification in Pre-Temple Old Testament Worship 35Chapter 5: Worship in Pre-Temple Era 41A.Sacrifice 46B.Music and Singing 48C.Meditation on the Word 50D.Prayer 52E.Synagogue 53Chapter 6: Worship in the New Testament Lutheran Church 58Chapter 7: Worship of Contemporary Lutherans 66Chapter 8: A Word About Contemporary Worship 78Chapter 9: Results of the Project 88Chapter 10: A Personal Evaluation 99Appendix 1: Unit 1 “Old Testament Worship from Creation to theTabernacle” 108Appendix 2: Unit 2 “Worship in the Temple” 119Appendix 3: Unit 3 “Worship Following the Death and ResurrectionOf Jesus 132
Worship of the true God throughout the years of recorded history has taken varied formswhich have been used by God's people as a means of relating to their Creator. What lies at theheart of worship, according to Robert E. Webber is:God's continual movement towards the peoples of the world and the continualresponse of the people of God in faith and obedience.1 In some cases it is spontaneity that clearly establishes a moment of worship. Noah buildsan altar to the Lord and sacrifices some of the clean animals and birds upon it in gratitude for God preserving them during the flood (Genesis 8:20). Jacob worships God and anoints an altar after his dream and promises to tithe by it and build a house to God around it (Genesis 28:18-22).In other cases the worship seems to have been planned and expected. The Sabbath daywas set aside from the beginning as a day of rest and worship (Genesis 2:1). Its purpose is madevery clear after Israel is delivered from Egypt (Exodus 20:8-11). Solomon gathers the peopletogether to worship and dedicate the new temple, an event which took much planning and preparation and was clearly anticipated by the people (1 Kings 8). Jesus worshiped on theSabbath as was His custom (Luke 4:16), demonstrating that worship was a vital and regular partof His life. Some common threads may be observed that connect the worshipers. Whether ithas been an act of worship in a field or tabernacle, temple or synagogue, house church or cathedral God's people have always set aside time and a place for worship of their God.Connecting with one’s Creator was a way in which man might seek out understanding or find purpose to his or her life.With regard to time, God’s people have always had occasions where spontaneousworship was warranted. After the flood waters receded and Noah was finally on dry ground, heimmediately constructed an altar and sacrificed and worshiped God. This was not necessarily1 Robert E. Webber, Worship Old & New, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House,1994) 19.3

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