Lutherans: A Glass, Not a Chalice

A major trend among Protestants is a denomination-crossing liturgical renewal that has restored much ceremony to Sunday services, and is elevating the sacrament toward equality with the preaching word. But to many churchgoers, the idea of candles, vestments and more frequent Communions still smacks of Romanism, and last week in Pittsburgh the nation's largest Lutheran church resolutely voted in favor of the low road in liturgy.

One key issue facing the 670 delegates to the biennial convention of the Lutheran Church in America (3,227,000 members) was a proposed new, uniform order of worship...

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