Most people think of the Word of God as the Bible, and it surely is. But it is more than that.

First and foremost, it is God's incarnate Word made flesh in Jesus, living among us.

Second, it is the Word of God proclaimed and heard, both as law (that which convicts us of our sin) and as gospel (that which frees us from our sin).

And third, it is the written Word of God as recorded in the canonical scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

Through each of these forms, God gives us faith, forgiveness of sins, and new life in Christ.

Whenever the Word is proclaimed – in public reading of scripture, preaching, teaching, the celebration of the sacraments, confession and absolution, music, the arts, prayers, Christian witness and service – God is present and acting in us through the Holy Spirit.