The Hymn # 8 Father Who the Light 2. 20
The Introit p. 16
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
The Epistle and Gradual
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
The Sermon Hymn #76 A Great and Mighty Wonder 2.2
The Hymn # 77:1-8 All My Heart 2.25
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
The Hymn # 77:9-15 All My Heart 2.25
Third Sunday In Advent
Man promotes factions and strife, which we see exhibited in all walks of life, and especially in Christian institutions. Lutherans seem to be universally wrong, based on reactions from every denomination and the Jews. We are the object of suspicion, but we are not a faction. The Book of Concord sought to solve the divisions of the Evangelicals (Lutherans) by addressing the Scriptural passages and also by using the writings of the early Church Fathers.
Those who trust in the inerrancy of the Scriptures and study the Confessions with a sincere to understand the Word will always find themselves in almost complete agreement. Tearing this up is the work of men who vaunt their own dignity and demand respect for all their thoughts. To dissent from their personal views is an attack on Holy Mother Synod, which is the worst crime of all.
Paul removed this argument (in theory at least) with two phrases:
1. Ministers of Christ.
2. Stewards of the mysteries of God.