^My brother was a guest at the installation of the new pastor at a local Lutheran Church recently, I think that it was Missouri Synod. He knew that the next door Slovak Lutheran Church was superficially very "high Church", quasi-Roman Catholic in appearance, but he was surprised at this service which he said resembled a novus ordo Mass. Is this the norm?
In the ELCA it is. In the Church of Sweden, it is like the Anglican "high church." The CoS claims apostolic succession, and its archbishop, because of that, attended but would not participate in the installation of the "Presiding Bishop" of the ELCA, David Preuss (formerly president of the American Lutheran Church, to which I belonged: the ALC in 1980 had switched the title to "presiding bishop." The Lutheran Church in America, another former of the ELCA, was generally more liturgical and rumored by the ALC to have incense and genuflection in the aisles and kneelers (the ALC knelt on the floor): its background was more Swedish and Finish (which also claims apostolic succession) than the ALC.
Btw, I just learned that the ELCA has the equivalent of the OCA's 'ethnic dioceses', the Slovak Zion Synod: it being the ELCA, it has a woman presiding "bishop." I also just learned some specifics of the formation of the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, which was the third partner in the ELCA, which I knew a general idea of (it being before my time): an argument over "whether the Scriptures are the norm of our faith and life or whether the Gospel alone is that norm." See what sola scriptura and rejection of Tradition will get you.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seminex
the Missouri Synod (LCMS) went "with Scripture"/sola scriptura. The liberals went "with the Gospel" (makes it easily to touchy-feely), consolidating the LCMS conservative bent, and the ELCA liberal spiral.
The LCMS has been liturgical (formed by dissidents from the Calvinizing Prussian Unions), and is fighting (perhaps a losing) battle with "contemporary" evangelical worship (brought in perhaps from the similarities with the conservatism of the "born again" types).