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Churchly Words You Should Know


Until quite recently, there were no accurate timepieces, so worship services did not have a precise starting time. After the people gathered, the clergy and other ministers would enter the church in a procession to begin the service. This custom is still continued in most churches today, though in some churches it only survives in the wedding service. The first person in the procession is usually the crucifer, followed by other acolytes who light the candles and carry service books, then the choir, followed by lay ministers and then the clergy, with the highest ranking clergy last.


Strictly speaking, Protestants were those Roman Catholic clergy and lay people in and around the sixteenth century who sought to reform the Roman Catholic Church from within, but whose efforts were rewarded with excommunication. The term also applies to the churches they founded after they were cast out. General usage has expanded the term to include any western religious group that is not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.


In churches with a historic floor plan, there are two speaker’s stands in the front of the church. The one on the left (as viewed by the congregation) is called the pulpit. It is used by clergy to read the gospel and preach the sermon. Since the gospel lesson was usually read from the pulpit, the pulpit side of the church is called the gospel side.

Who Are We? - What is a Lutheran?

The answer to this question is simply this, “A Lutheran is a person who believes, teaches, and confesses all the truths of God’s Word as they are summarized and confessed in the Book of Concord.” The Book of Concord contains the Lutheran confessions of faith.

Perhaps you have attended an ordination of a pastor and heard him promise that he will perform the duties of his office in accord with the Lutheran Confessions. Also, when people are received into membership into a Lutheran congregation through confirmation they are asked if they confess the doctrine of the Confessional Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord to be faithful and true.

These solemn promises indicate to us just how important the Lutheran Confessions are for our church. Let’s take a look at the various items contained in the Book of Concord and then see why the Lutheran Confessions are so important for being a Lutheran.


What are the Smalcald Articles?

In 1537, Martin Luther was asked to prepare a statement of Lutheran belief for use at a church council of the Roman Church, if it was ever called. The Council eventually took place at Trent, but Lutherans were not invited. Luther’s bold and vigorous confession of faith was later presented to a group of Lutheran rulers meeting in the town of Smalcald, Germany, to form a military league of defense.

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Service Times & Map

Second Saturday of every month: Private Confession & Absolution at 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM, or by special appointment with the Pastor.


Pastor Q & A: 9:00 AM

Adult and Children's Bible Time: 9:30 AM

Worship: 10:30 AM

Fellowship: 11:30 AM


Bible Break 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Youth Instruction: 3:30 PM

Wednesday Worship during Advent and Lent

6:00 PM - Light Supper

7:00 PM - Vesper Service

Trinity Orthodox Lutheran Church
4422 Snyder Boulevard
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
P: (520) 458-5897

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