The Invocation that begins our Divine Service is a simple act of devotion that confesses the name of the Triune God around whose Word and Sacraments we are gathered. The pastor says:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
These words are drawn directly from Scripture (Mt. 28:19) as part of Christ’s command to His apostles to “make disciples…baptizing them….and teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Ever since the time of the apostles, the ministers of Christ have been baptizing people with water and these words. The baptized, in turn, have been gathering every Lord’s Day (or more often) in . . . Read All