So to all Lutherans…
Anyway, last Thursday, I went to this Lutheran church for my daughter’s oral language competition. The church is quite large.
Anyway…as I went it, I was looking for signs what the affiliation was…LCMS, ELCA…when I saw in one poster…that they are LCMS.
I looked inside what they call the “Worship Center”…(which is where the awarding ceremonies were held)…which is very protestant mega church like (please take no offense here…:D). The worship center had 5 big screens behind the pulpit/pastor’s area, no crucifix. It had a giant empty cross on the left side and a head picture of Jesus crowned with thorns on the right. In the back part was the audio/video control center, seating was stadium like, no kneelers.
And on a corner near the main entrance, there was a coffee and cookie serving station, and a sign that said, water only in the worship center.
In the raised part dais/stage was a modern table (I am not sure what Lutherans call theirs, which is where the altar in a catholic church would be)…I looked for signs of the tabernacle, of the Real Presence, but could not find it. Behind the alter was a drum set, so I figured this is where the band plays.
I was kind of, surprised…as I was expecting something similar to the pictures of Lutheran churches that Evangel Catholic has shared or posted here. Anyway, no saint statues or pictures, no crucifix…just what one would find in a protestant church.
While waiting for the awarding ceremony, and walking around, I found this in a bulletin of some sort:
Conservative in Doctrine. Progressive in Practice.
Then I wondered, does these not contradict each other.
Any thoughts from Lutheran brothers here?