Once this idea-Lutherans are gathered for Divine Service to receive God’s public service on their behalf-is grasped and understood, it changes everything. It separates Lutherans from all other denominations. Every other denomination goes to worship to give something to God. The focus is all about them. Their actions. Their emotions. For Lutherans, it’s the total reverse. It’s all about God. Our actions and emotions are a response to Him.
The Lutheran understanding of worship changes the whole focus of worship. Instead of being a Law based view (I do this, so that I earn that), it is a Gospel based view (God does this, and I thank Him for what He has done).
The Liturgy is meant to preach and teach the Gospel. The Lutheran Church has always fought to promote, maintain, and defend the Divine Service in the face of all opponents. Whether that is the Pope, Non-DenomMethoBapticostals, or fellow Lutherans who want to be like their non-Lutheran neighbors.