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Traditional Liturgical Worship
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Contemporary worshippers believe that the Holy Spirit is working in His Church today.
Traditional worshippers believe that the Holy Spirit has been working in His Church for thousands of years.
They look to the past.
They look to the present.
The Lord’s Prayer
1 Corinthians 14:40
God likes orderly worship that is thoughtfully planned out ahead of time.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
God has given the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32), including to Christians who have lived long before us. And God has given some of these Christians to us as teachers (Eph. 4:11-16).
And ask for the old paths,
where the good way is, and walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.”
~ Jeremiah 6:16
We have a lot to learn from those who have gone before us!
“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.” ~ G.K. Chesterson
“I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28 & Acts 2:17)
Is the Spirit of the LORD restricted?
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to
Be ignorant . . . There are diversities of gifts, but the same
Spirit. . . . the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for
the profit of all:
for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit,
to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,
to another faith by the same Spirit,
to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,
to another the working of miracles,
to another prophecy,
to another discerning of spirits,
to another different kinds of tongues,
to another the interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit works all these
things, distributing to each one individually
as He wills.”
(1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
“Do not quench the Spirit.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:19)
“Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a
teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation.
Let all things be done for edification. . . . you can all prophesy
one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the
churches of the saints.”
(1 Corinthians 14:26-33)
“Do not despise prophecies.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:20)
Does God want traditional liturgical worship?
– or –
Is God more pleased with unstructured worship?
After all, true WORSHIP is all about pleasing GOD, not about pleasing ourselves!
So, what does GOD want in worship?
It’s time to worship together as ONE church!
open eyes to the Holy Spirit's moving yesterday
(church history / creeds / confessions)
open eyes to the Holy Spirit moving today in His people
a well-planned order of service (liturgy)
a more spontaneous "open meeting" included as part of the service
ancient worship music
recent worship music
new worship music
(CCM and praise & worship)
“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.”
“Lift your hands toward Him For the life of your young
children” (Lam. 2:19)
“Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven.”
“I desire therefore that the men
pray everywhere, lifting up holy
hands” (1 Tim. 2:18)
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us
kneel before the LORD our Maker. .” (Psalm 95:6)
“So the people believed . . . then they bowed their
heads and worshiped.” (Exodus 4:31)
“I bow my knees to the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 3:14)
“at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
of those in heaven, and of those on earth,
and of those under the earth” (Phil. 2:10)
“Then all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen!’ while
lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads
and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the
ground.” (Nehemiah 8:6)
“Let my prayer be set before You as incense,
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
We are the Church, and it is time
for us to worship together as one!
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