Archive for February, 2012

How does the worship service begin?

As we continue to talk about corporate worship, the next question to consider is “how should the order of worship be structured?” In my previous blog post, I talked about the regulative principle of worship.  In this post, I am going to begin to work through each element of our service.  In particular, we are going to look at the call to worship, the prayer of invocation, and God’s greeting.  I pray that as we study the elements of worship, our hearts and minds will give praise and adoration to the Christ that we worship!  I also pray that we will understand that the Word of God requires that we include certain elements in worship.  As I begin, it may be helpful to look below at the liturgy we use on Sunday mornings.  I hope you will see that the elements in the order of worship come from God’s Word.

What must we do in worship?

In my previous blog post, I said that I am beginning a series which focuses on the elements of our worship service on Sunday morning at Emmaus Road Reformed Church.  In this article, I will explain that in corporate worship, which is the gathering of God’s people each Lord’s Day, we are to do what God requires in his Word.

We cannot talk about worship apart from the church.  As the church, we are those who are called out of this world to honor and worship God and receive his mercy and blessing in Christ.  We gather together each Lord’s Day to hear the gospel proclaimed, which is the good news of what Christ has done to redeem us from our sins and misery (Romans 8:1-4).  Hebrews 10:25 says it is important that we do not neglect to come to worship on the Lord’s Day.  In fact, corporate worship is the most important thing we do as Christians each week.