Friday, August 14, 2009

The evangelical liturgy

Michael Spenser, the self-styled Internet Monk, is beginning a series on what he calls the Evangelical Liturgy based on his experience of "12 years of planning worship in a small Presbyterian Church." If you have ever read his blog you already know that this will be interesting, probably provocative, and definitely worthwhile. Part of his introduction:
This is a series that affirms my belief that post-evangelicalism intentionally reaching back to the resources of larger, deeper, more ancient church is the way forward for evangelicals.

What will be examined in “The Evangelical Liturgy?”
  1. The Worship Setting
  2. The Tools
  3. The Prelude
  4. The Call to Worship
  5. The Invocation
  6. The Public Reading of Scripture
  7. Singing
  8. The Children’s Sermon
  9. The Corporate Confession
  10. The Assurance of Pardon
  11. The Offering
  12. The Sermon
  13. The Creed
  14. Baptism
  15. The Lord’s Supper
  16. The Prayers of the People
  17. Pastoral Prayer
  18. Silence
  19. The Invitation
  20. The Benediction
  21. The Postlude
Each one of these subjects opens up many Biblical, theological and practical questions and issues. I will be dealing with how these elements fit into the actual worship service itself, and not with the many theological controversies involved. The theology of worship, however, will be briefly considered with each topic. [more]
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