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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. A Serious Preparation A final area of concern and consideration is that of preparing for worship. If the worship of God is such a serious, solemn activity, then it must be entered into and carried out with careful preparation. Is it not true that if we have planned some important dinner-date with friends, then we take the necessary time and steps to get ready for it? How much more when we have an appointment with God in His house each Lord’s day! There are three parts to our...

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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. A Conscious Involvement   God’s people, we said, have a vital role in the worship of God. They are not passive spectators but active participants. That brings us to our second main point, in which we want to examine specifically our conscious involvement in worship. By looking at the worship service and its various elements, we want to show how we are active and how we must be active. We return to the idea that the Reformed worship service is to be seen as covenant fellowship or dialogue...

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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Introduction The topic before us may seem to be one that is relatively simple and clear, even free of any controversy. Who would possibly dispute that the believer is to be an active participant in the public worship of God?! And who would argue what the believer ought to be doing in the worship service, namely, praising and thanking God through singing, hearing the Word, prayer, and giving? But the fact is that this subject is worthy of special and separate treatment. This is true for several reasons....

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