...here's what it would look like:
A single Divine Service Sunday a.m., with Matins preceding it (no sermon). Additionally, I'd have Saturday Evening Vespers with opportunity following it for Confession and Absolution each week.
The people would be encouraged in a life of prayer - so we'd offer Matins and Vespers at regular set times during the week, employing material from Treasury of Daily Prayer.
Eucharist would be celebrated on every Sunday and every feast and festival in our LSB calendar.
Sunday afternoons from September through Easter would offer the Catechism Service.
We'd get together for the joy of sharing food and friendship no less than once a month.
No individual cups.
Bible Study/Sunday School would follow refreshments and visiting after the Sunday Divine Service.
It's name would, of course!, be St. Mary, Mother of God, Lutheran Church.
We'd make rich use of the artistic traditions of the Christian Church, but especially of our Lutheran forebears in adorning the nave and chancel.
We'd make clear from the get-go that the parish has but one mission: to BE the Church of God in this place, a colony from the future, a haven of rest for an exhausted world.
We'd implement a catechumenate from the start as our normal way of outreach and bringing folks into the parish's life.
We'd only form committees as needed on an ad hoc basis and evaluate each year if they should continue or if we can do the work better another way.
Above all else, we'd try to foster a community at prayer, in the Word, and feasting sumptuously on the Eucharist and so empowered to love and serve the unbelievers around us, bringing them into our joyful communion.
There's my dream. Mostly taken, I freely admit, from the old Church Orders of the Lutheran Church. What did I leave out? What would you do differently?