Our Worship – Lesson 12 – The Pulpit

What is a pulpit?

The term “pulpit” literally means “platform, staging.”  It is normally a raised platform for the preaching of God’s Word. 

What does the pulpit mean to our worship?

The pulpit is the place in the sanctuary from which the sermon is preached.  Where the lectern is used for the reading of God’s Word, the pulpit is used for preaching or expounding on God’s Word.

What does the Bible say about the use of a pulpit?

The Bible says nothing about pulpits.  But it speaks of Jesus preaching to crowds, and in the synagogues.  Preaching was a large part of Jesus’ ministry, as well of that of John the Baptist and the apostles.  Preaching has remained a vital part of worship throughout the history of the Church of Jesus Christ.


Sing together the following hymns from Lutheran Service Book: 583, 586, 589, 681, 682.

Object Lesson

In the teaching of your family remind them of the pulpit in the sanctuary.  Tell them that the purpose of that is to explain the meaning of God’s Word.  Pastors are called to preach sermons that correctly apply God’s Word.


Anoint them prophets, men who are intent to be Your witnesses in word and deed, Their hearts aflame, their lips made eloquent, their eyes awake to every human need.  Amen.