“The service which the altar guild can render is valuable as an aid to extol the beauty and greatness of God and to awaken the response of His people in all forms of beauty, care, and reverence. Beauty in the church is not a matter of indifference. . . . Why do we want to make the house of God and our worship of God as reverent and beautiful as possible? Such a desire is of God and for God. He is present in our churches. Through His Word and sacraments, Christ comes to us as we are gathered together in His name.” (p. 11)
In What an Altar Guild Should Know, Rev. Paul H. D. Lang presents an invaluable liturgical resource, giving detailed descriptions, diagrams, and visual aids related to church services and rubrics; liturgical terms; the church building; the altar and its ornaments; the chancel, baptistry, and sacristies; the sacred vessels; paraments; the sacred linens; vestments; use of lights in the church; the church year and liturgical colors; the use of flowers in the church; and Christian symbols.
As Rev. Lang explains in the Preface, What an Altar Guild Should Know “should help new members learn the basic things that are required of them, and it should serve to improve the work of experienced members and help them assist those who are just beginning. For all members of the guild, new and old, as well as for pastors, it should be helpful as a constant handbook for ready reference and guidance.”
If you are interested in reading more about Lutheran liturgical worship, Ceremony and Celebration, also by Rev. Lang, describes the theological significance and historic, confessional Lutheran position on liturgy, ritual, and ceremony.
We also offer discounts for bulk orders of all of our titles. Contact us for details.
Find the next set of bulletin inserts for Trinitytide (12th – 18th Sunday after Trinity) by clicking on the Downloads tab above.
We have several books with minor cosmetic flaws that we are offering at 25% off (plus the standard shipping rate, found here). Flaws include a slight fold in the cover, dented spine or corner, or a slight scratch on the cover. These dents are simply cosmetic and don’t affect the inside material whatsoever. Here is what’s available:
- (5) Starck’s Prayer Book – now $11.25 each
- (1) Seed Grains of Prayer – now $11.25
- (1) The Conduct of the Service – now $18.75
- (1) Ceremony and Celebration – now $18.75
Please email us if you are interested in purchasing one or more of these books. We’ll then email you a Paypal invoice for payment via credit card or bank transfer. Act fast – we expect them to go quickly!
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Impress your inner procrastinator by taking advantage of our fantastic Christmas in July sale! All Christmas cards are up to 40% off through the end of the month, and this is the only online discount we’ll be offering on Christmas cards for the rest of the year.
Our unique cards feature artwork from renowned artists Edward Riojas and Kelly Klages as well as frescos from the Imperial Cathedral of Speyer, Germany. Click here to visit our Christmas cards page, where you’ll find more information about the origin of each piece, symbolism, and the historical backdrop of the frescos.
So shop early, save money, and send out cards that combine beautiful art with a clear confession of our Savior’s birth. And while you’re perusing the Christmas cards, be sure to take a look at our other liturgical cards too. We offer blank cards for many occasions and also baptism/baptism birthdays, Easter, and Office of the Holy Ministry greeting cards.
Listen to O Pater sancte chanted.
Father most holy, merciful and tender,
Jesus, our Savior, with the Father reigning,
Spirit of comfort, advocate, defender,
Light never waning;
Trinity blessed, unity unshaken,
Goodness unbounded, very God of heaven,
Light of the angels, joy of those forsaken,
Hope of all living;
Maker of all things, all thy creatures praise Thee;
All for Thy worship were and are created;
Now as we also worship Thee devoutly,
Hear Thou our voices.
Lord God Almighty, unto Thee be glory,
One in three persons, over all exalted.
Glory we offer, praise Thee and adore Thee,
Now and forever. Amen.
O Pater sancte, c. 10th centry, trans by P. Dearmer
An excerpt from The Brotherhood Prayer Book
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This Office of the Holy Ministry artwork by Edward Riojas – first offered as a greeting card – is also available as an 8″ x 10″ print. Professionally printed on high-quality 80 lb. cover stock, this Office of the Holy Ministry print is the perfect gift for a pastor, seminarian, or anyone who appreciates its rich theological symbolism, as described on the back of the card:
The shepherd’s crook is in the form of a cross, recalling Jesus as the Good Shepherd and the Redeemer. Draped on the cross is a red stole, which is the color that the Church uses for ordaining and installing her pastors. On the left side of the stole are a shell and three drops of water, representing Holy Baptism in the name of the Triune God; on the right, the host and chalice signify Christ’s body and blood in the Lord’s Supper. The crossed keys symbolize the binding and loosing keys given to the disciples by Jesus (John 20:23). Finally, the Luther rose is pictured at the bottom.
These prints are available for only $12.00, shipping included.* Prints will be mailed in a rigid mailing envelope to prevent bending. The standard 8″ x 10″ size is suitable for immediate framing, with or without a mat (as shown below).
Please send your order and mailing address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll email you a Paypal invoice for online payment via credit card or bank transfer.
*plus 7% sales tax for Indiana residents
Congratulations to the call candidates from Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne and Concordia Seminary – St. Louis! May God bless you and the congregations you will serve. If you’re looking to expand your theological library in preparation for your new vocation, we’d like to offer you a 20% discount off all of our merchandise until May 31. Peruse our collection of prayer books, liturgical instruction, catechesis materials, and ecclesiastical greeting cards. Thinking about sending out ordination invitations or stocking up on cards for pastoral correspondence? Have a look at our Office of the Holy Ministry card. And yes, even Didache, which rarely goes on sale due to its already-low price, is available to you at 20% off. Email us to place your order.
(This discount is only available to the recent call candidates from CTS or CSL.)
Find the bulletin inserts for Eastertide by clicking on the Downloads tab above. Last month, we also added another download: a complete reading schedule for the Large Catechism (on which our bulletin inserts are based).