When we say, we’re going to church, going to worship, or going to Divine Service. There is so much meaning behind these words.
We go to worship because God commands us not to forsake the gathering. The gathering takes place around the Word & Sacraments. The Liturgy is the setting like a beautiful ring that holds and secures the precious diamond-God’s Word & Sacraments.
When God gathers us together, He does it to come to us and serve us. We are gathered as His children AND as His priests. As priests of God, we offer spiritual sacrifices. Specifically, the sacrifice of thanksgiving. That is Eucharistic Sacrifices. This thanksgiving is our sacrificial response to God’s sacramental actions to us.
The direction in which a pastor faces during the Divine Service indicates if a sacramental or sacrificial action is being done. When a pastor faces the congregation, it is a sacramental action-God doing something through the pastor to the congregation. When the pastor faces the altar, it is a sacrificial action-the pastor and priests offering up spiritual sacrifices to God.