Easy to miss the first rubric under Service of Prayer and Preaching in LSB:
1. This order is primarily intended as a catechetical service, which could be used for new member classes.
This fall, St. Paul's will take this rubric to heart and begin to offer the new member and catechism class for public school children as a unified experience, using this liturgy from LSB. As observed earlier on this blog, it's the old Catechism service of the early Missouri Synod with a few additions.
Benefits to using this liturgy?
* It teaches the faith in the context of worship, prayer, and song.
* It provides a unified experience of catechesis for both youth and adults.
* It teaches the "core texts" of the Catechism by weekly repetition.
* It dovetails beautifully with the Lutheran Catechesis series by Pastor Peter Bender.
We're giving it a whirl at St. Paul's beginning this September. 24 times the service will be offered, and we'll use Lutheran Service Builder to provide a complete worship folder for each week with the assigned catechism for daily recitation included.
Of course, the rotten rubric is number 2: "This order may also be used at Sunday services when the Lord's Supper is not offered." EXCUSE ME! WHY should there EVER be a Sunday service where the Lord's Supper is not offered? If a single person in the parish wishes to receive on the Lord's Day, we have no right to deny them! I'm glad that so many of our parishes have restored the weekly Eucharist. This service makes sense under rubric 1, but under rubric 2 it is pure nonsense! What parish is there among us where there is no Christian hungering for the Lord's Body and Blood on a given Lord's Day???