We come into church “like a beggar” stated Martin Luther. We have nothing to offer an Almighty God. Instead we receive! We confess our sins – we open our bag of burdens and our sin is placed at the cross of Jesus Christ. And as a result we hear, “I forgive you” from Jesus Christ Himself through the mouthpiece of Pastor. So into our empty bag we recieve forgiveness. And we respond, “Amen” [which means yes, yes, it shall be so].
We hear God’s Word spoken to us. He is revealed to us. God is at work = Divine Service and once again we receive. The hymns are sung that edify and teach us the faith. The Divine is at work again.
During the sermon Pastor brings God’s word to us and applies it to our life. As a beggar we receive from God once again.
The cross of Jesus is proclaimed as the place where are sin was paid for and we receive forgivness of sins, life and salvation in His name.
In Baptisms and the Lord’s Supper, Jesus comes to His people to make them His own; to wash them of their sin and to feed them. God is at work!
And as we get ready to go out into the world again we hear the Benediction, the good word from God to carry us on our way.
All other types of worship are dependant on humans doing certain rituals to appease god. In Christian worship God is at work revealing Himself to us. And this makes all the difference.