Our worship is focused on Jesus Christ who is present for us and with us through His Word and Sacraments. Our worship, therefore, is Christ-centered, not man-centered. Christ is living and active among us, right where He has promised to be in His Word and Sacraments. Jesus said, Lo, I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 18:20). When He gathers us around His Word and Sacraments, He fulfills this promise to us once again.
In worship, our Lord speaks, and we listen. Faith that is born from what is heard acknowledges the gifts received with eager thankfulness and praise. Our worship is liturgical. The rhythm is from Him to us, and then back from us to Him. He gives His gifts, and together we receive and extol them. We build one another up as we speak to one another in psalms and hymns.
When we gather for worship, we realize that we join our songs with angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven from millennia past who are gathered before the Lamb upon His throne and worship Him both day and night. As our Lord gathers us for worship Sunday after Sunday, we join the entire company of heaven in praising our good and gracious God. The saints on earth and the saints in heaven praise Him who is the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the Alpha and the Omega, even our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit reigns as one God, world without end.
“To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”(Revelation 5:13). — The meaning of worship as described by the late Rev. Dr. A. L. Barry, Former President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.