In our discussion of singing in congregational worship, we have yet to discuss the doxologies which are a common part of the worship service.
Dear Timothy, The emotions of man have always been hard to understand. This is not because we are not familiar with them for we experience our own emotions every moment of our life. But (and this is true of all those things which are most familiar to us), although we know them so well from personal experience, when we try to describe what they are and understand them somewhat, then we run into all kinds of trouble.
February 1, 1980 Dear Timothy, We were talking about the power with which we are endowed by God to know ourselves. You will recall that we ended our last letter with a discussion of the apparent conflict between the Scriptural injunction on the one hand to live lives of self forgetfulness, and on the other to be constantly busy with knowing ourselves in some sense — as in self-examination.
Dear Timothy, I want to conclude our discussion of Christ-centered preaching in this letter to you. We have discussed a number of particular illustrations of Christ-centered preaching-illustrations from different kinds of biblical material. But there remains one kind of biblical material which we must still treat. I refer to hortatory texts, i.e., texts which contain admonitions.
When we consider what elements belong to the order of worship in our worship services, and the place in the order of worship which each element ought to occupy, it is important that our decision on these matters be made on a sound basis and not in a willy-nilly fashion. To make proper decisions requires that we understand the true idea of worship.
By the order of worship we mean two things: 1) Those elements which ought to be included in (or excluded from) the worship service; 2) In what order these elements ought to be arranged. Both of these we want to discuss in these articles. But both these questions which arise in connection with the order of worship have to be answered on the basis of a more fundamental question: What is the nature of worship? What do the Scriptures call us to do when we are summoned to worship?
Herman C. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. In previous articles we discussed the role which the minister has in the worship services. We noticed that sometimes he speaks on behalf of Christ, as Christ’s ambassador, saying authoritatively what he has been given to say in Christ’s name. Other times he speaks to God on behalf of the congregation assembled to worship. Especially this latter function of the minister is our interest now. The minister speaks to God on behalf of the congregation when he speaks the votum, “Our help is in...
Our worship is communal worship, that is, worship of the congregation. There are; of course, different ways in which we can speak of the worship of God. Historically, a distinction has been made between “solitary worship” and “communal worship.” The former refers to the individual acts of worship performed by the believer in his own “inner closet”—to use the expression of Jesus.
We are now, after several introductory articles, to enter into the various elements of our worship in God’s house.
In our discussion of the elements of worship which make up our congregational worship of God, we were discussing the activities which actually precede the worship service. In the last article we talked about the Consistory meeting before the service and about the prayers which the individual members of the congregation make prior to the worship service itself and after their entrance into the sanctuary. There is one more element which we must briefly mention: the organ playing before the actual worship service.