Why does our pastor monopolize our worship service? He does and he doesnâ€™t. He leads the whole service, but this does not mean he monopolizes the service. In fact, our service is profoundly more participatory than the run-of-the-mill evangelical service.
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.
“What the liberal theologian has retained after abandoning to the enemy one Christian doctrine after another is not Christianity at all, but a religion which is so entirely different from Christianity as to be long in a distinct category…. It is at any rate perfectly clear that liberalism is not Christianity.”
From several examples from Scriptures, we see that corporate worship is a covenant renewal ceremony, a liturgical dialogue between God and man. How is it a liturgical dialogue?
What did Calvin teach about public worship? If you see in your own church a lack of God-centered, Christ- centered, Word-and-Sacrament-centered worship, then ask yourself, â€œIs our church an heir of the 16th century Protestant Reformation, or is our church in need of another sweeping 21st century Reformation?”