A Simple Explanation of the Church Service
Now available to explain to children, newcomers, young adults with special needs, catechumens, or anyone who would like to know why Christians do what they do on Sunday mornings.
These little booklets make edifying reading for anyone. Churches may find these suitable as “stocking stuffers” or appreciated gifts for those who come to your church. In packs of 20 from Concordia Publishing House, these new little books make nice gifts for those who attend only during the holidays, anyone you want to invite, or all who come weekly!
Also available from Concordia Publishing House, the companion booklet A Simple Explanation of Christianity.
from “Today Your Mercy Calls Us”
Today your gate is open,
And all who enter in
Shall find a Father’s welcome
And pardon for their sin.
The past shall be forgotten,
A present joy be given,
A future grace be promised,
A glorious crown in heaven.
O all embracing Mercy,
O ever open Door,
What should we do without you
When heart and eye run over?
When all things seem against us,
To drive us to despair,
We know one gate is open,
One ear will hear our prayer.
text from “Today Your Mercy Calls Us”
Oswald Allen, 1861
“Come now, let us reason[a] together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.”
Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.”
“Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
It was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
And the angel said[a] to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”