When you come to church, what kinds of things do you expect to do?
Sing hymns? Say prayers? Read from the Bible? Hear a sermon? Receive Communion?
In our denomination’s Book of Order (part of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church), we have a list of ‘the Elements of Worship’ and they are:
- the reading and proclaiming of Scripture,
- the Lord’s Supper,
- Self-offering, and
- Relating to each other and the world.
All of these things are pretty normal things to have happen during church services. We’ve come to expect them. If there was a church somewhere that said, “We’re not going to pray or read the Bible anymore during our services,” we would wonder about that church (*Side Note: I’m particularly delighted to see that more and more Protestants are including the Eucharist in their list of things that are central to Christian worship).
If there was…
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