Monday, April 25, 2011
"Worship is like no place else in this world. But there is one place it does resemble, and that is heaven."
Worship is like having one foot in heaven and another here on earth. What brings heaven into our earthly worship is not dependent on the elaborateness of the service or the sincerity of our devotion. Rather, it is because of the One who is present in our worship that we experience heaven on earth.
If worship is "heaven on earth," then it stands to reason that what we do and say in worship should in some sense give us a foretaste of that great feast to come. In the Divine Service, the ancient liturgy gives us that glimpse of heaven and, more importantly, it delivers to us the eternal benefits of Christ's forgiveness, life, and salvation.
(from the lcms website)