CORPORATE WORSHIP AND THE MEANS OF GRACE
Worship lies at the very heart of all we do and endeavor to accomplish, worship of the Triune God in Spirt and Truth. Worship is the means which God has established and ordained to meet with men both in calling them to worship and renewing His people unto holiness, converting repentance and renewed devotion in glorifying and enjoying God. Worship is a corporate exercise wherein we give our attention to the voice of God as He speaks in His Word and we raise our voices in a sacred dialogue. God speaks by His Word through the Holy Spirit and we speak to the Triune God through the mediatorial work of that same Holy Spirit, according to Christ’s work as our Great High Priest.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
- Psalm 96.7-9
AVAILING OURSELVES OF THE MEANS OF GRACE
THE READING & PREACHING OF GOD’S WORD
The high water mark of Christian worship is when God speaks to men by the Holy Spirit through the reading and preaching of His Word. By it we are nourished and strengthened in righteousness and faithfulness. Through the preaching of the Word of God we are evangelized and discipled in the grace of Christ our Lord. It is that part in the “dialogical” exercise of worship wherein God’s speaks through His living and active Word unto the calling of sinners unto Christ in conversion and nourishing the Believer in holiness unto sanctification.
THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS
Though not always administered week to week at Reformation OPC, the sacraments are two: the Lord’s Supper and Baptism, and are those means of grace where in God consecrates His people unto holy service. In the Lord’s Supper we feast by faith upon the Risen and Reigning Lord, and are nourished to pursue righteousness and the Kingdom of Christ. In Covenant Baptism, the promise of God unto salvation and grace are offered and held forth to those who receive by faith the grace testified to in the washing of Spirit.
THE OFFERING UP OF OUR DESIRES
A means of grace, wherein we offer up our desires unto God, for those things according to His will, in the name of Christ that includes our confession of sins, thankfulness for God’s sovereign work in the lives of men and His mercies culminating in the giving of Christ.
For more concerning our doctrine of worship you might research the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapters 21, 27, 28, and 29. There are many others resources that lie outside our own denominational standards that express the regulatory, historical, and confessional nature of our corporate worship. To list but a few: Reformed Worship by Terry Johnson; Worship, Reformed According to Scripture by Hughes Oliphant Old; In the Splendor of Holiness by Jon Payne. There are dozens of other worthy volumes, but these are a good place to start.