The Custom of Reconciliation in the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania

Christoph Klein

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1983

Issue: Piety (Vol. 3, No 2, Spring, 1983)

It is said that the key to the faith and life of a Christian community is its worship. If so, it behooves also the systematic theologian to pay special attention to worship while pondering the faith and life of the community. This is a matter that concerns the future as well as the present. For worship is a kind of seismograph for all spiritual and theological events within the church. The subject of worship provides a starting point for our inquiry as to what the church is or ought to be, for we—members of the Lutheran Church in Romania—are of the conviction that divine service (Gottesdienst) is and remains the heart of the church’s life. A church is thus understood as it is reflected in its ways of worship and in its spiritual life. Let me therefore follow a respected academic custom and tell something about my own church.

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