Following the Creed is the Hymn of the Day. This hymn is to reflect the theme of the Scripture Readings and can also reflect the theme of the Sermon.
The Sermon is based upon one or all of the Readings. A sermon is the preached Word of God. Here the Holy Spirit takes the preached Word and applies Law and Gospel to the lives of the hearers.
In the Lutheran Church, traditionally, sermons come to an end with “The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your heart and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.” This is called the Votum. The Votum is a blessing for the congregation and is taken from Philippians 4:7