Dear FPC Family,

I hope you all had a wonderful worship experience this last Sunday and that your week has started off swimmingly! This week I thought we might talk a little bit about what worship is. The quotes I will use in this letter are from the book, In the Splendor of Holiness, by Jon D. Payne. I highly recommend this book for reading, it is roughly one hundred pages and an enjoyable read!

A big part of worship is where our hearts are. I spoke recently on a podcast about the importance of the Sabbath Day to the Puritans. If you read the days of creation in Genesis 1, you’ll notice that the days go evening into morning. With this being the case the Sabbath starts Saturday evening for the Puritans. They would start getting into the mindset of worship on Saturday evenings so when they arrived to worship on Sunday they had put the cares of the world away and were focused on the worship of the Lord. As Payne writes in his book, “Each Lord’s Day, just before the commencement of our morning services…our congregation takes a few moments to prepare for worship.” This would ideally happen before the prelude. Everything from the prelude to postlude is the liturgy for the worship of the Almighty God. 

The most important part of worship that Payne discusses in his book is that biblical worship is Trinitarian. He states, “What elements support a liturgy that does not exclude any of the three Persons of the eternal Godhead? 1. The Systematic Reading and Preaching of God’s Word… 2. The Confession of Sin and Assurance of Pardon… 3. The Signing of Psalms and Hymns… 4. The Confession of Faith… 5. The Pastoral Prayer… 6. The Benediction.” I am thankful that our worship services are Trinitarian as we worship the eternal Godhead each Sunday!

In Christ,

Rev. Michael Morris

Assistant Pastor/Director of Student Ministries