Maria Grace Reflection PaperGordon Lathrop: “The Pastor: A Spirituality”
pastor-in-formation must read again and again, as each time itreveals new layers about the life of the pastor as a symbol andas a person/servant of Christ. Also,
is a book that must be read in small parts, something like
Theauthor’s style begs for such reading, which is then bothpleasurable and illuminating.
What positions of worship are described by the author?
Gordon Lathrop is a Lutheran pastor and professor ofliturgical theology. He is also the author of a number of bookson Lutheran liturgy, symbology, worship and faith. In
he describes the pastor as the servant of the Lord’s Supper.Referring to the pastor as “the waiter“, he describes thepastoral role and call as being firmly grounded in liturgy. Forthe author, the liturgy is centered around the central symbolsor word and sacrament, which must be broken in order for thelove of God to be poured through them onto the assembly. Theliturgy follows an
that consists of four parts: gathering, word, meal, and sending. A liturgy that does not follow this
is not, according to the author, a complete worship(Lutheran) service.Worship, for Gordon Lathrop, is centripetal. The center isChrist in the symbols of bread, wine, water and the word. Thepastor is there to break those symbols for the assembly. The