Is prayer an act of worship directed to a particular deity, or is its value psychotherapeutic, to “find solace and healing,” “relief and repose,” and to “cope with the loss of loved ones”?
These two sacrifices—Christ’s and ours—fulfill the old covenant burnt offerings which have become obsolete. So, our early church and Protestant heritage should prevent us from using musical instruments in the public worship of God.
The Cacophony: Here, many loud prayers, in English and other prayer languages, shall be offered simultaneously. And after these, followeth a long pastoral prayer, the people devoutly sitting. The Minister shall begin with â€œO Lord, we just really praise you,â€ and continue with selected prayer requests, as many as he can recall from memory, for no less than ten and no more than twenty minutes, being sure to avoid such vain repetition as the Lordâ€™s Prayer.
It is God who calls us to assembly; we do not assemble together of our own desire. God does not need our worship because he does not need anything in himself. On the contrary, he commands us his covenant people to worship him.