Worshipping together with brothers and sisters in Christ was one of the great highlights of the 2013 LCMS National Youth Gathering. There were two particularly memorable worship services that took place in San Antonio, and we’d like to share some of the elements of those services with you as your youth and adults return home.
The first service took place on Sunday, June 30 (the day before the opening of the 2013 LCMS National Youth Gathering) at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Several hundred pastors, teachers, DCE’s, deaconess, musicians, and Lutheran lay people met together for what is known as the “Worker’s Worship.” This celebration of Divine Service was designed for all the planners and volunteers who spent 2 ½ years preparing for 25,000 youth, adults, and volunteers to experience “Live Love(d).” It was written by Rev. Dr. Terry Dittmer, the Director of Youth Ministry for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
The second service took place on Thursday morning, July 4 in the Alamodome. It was truly one of the high points of the Gathering. Together as one group 25,000 youth, adults, and volunteers sang, confessed, listened, communed, and received the Lord’s benediction. This service focused on the resurrection of Jesus, who is Love incarnate. It incorporated elements of the historic Easter vigil service and emphasized our unity with Jesus in His resurrection that God gives us in Baptism.
In this resource, we would like to provide parts of these worship services, as well as a link to many of the songs we sang during the Mass Events in the Alamodome. You’ll notice an obvious emphasis on love, especially the love that God has shown us through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. That was the foundation for everything that took place in San Antonio, and it remains the foundation of our lives as beloved children of God!
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