EP 117 – Liturgy in the church

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Liturgy – where did it come from?

What is liturgy – Merriam-Webster defines it as a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship, or a customary repertoire of ideas, phrases, or observances.

Would the passover be the first example of liturgy?

Why do churches have different liturgical practices? Is liturgy more than merely congregational recitations on a weekly basis? Example, each week we recite the same four things before the sermon and sing the doxology before we leave?

How is liturgy different from sacraments (or ordinances as Baptists like to call them – why don’t Baptists like the word sacraments?)

Where in Scripture does it say that Sunday worship should include various liturgical proceedings?

What are some good and potentially bad things about liturgy in the church? (Example – repetition can lead to vain repetitions where people are going through the motions)

My note – During church we are worshipping God and if God said there’s a way to worship him we need to get ourselves in line to that. Church isn’t about me it’s about Him.

St Justin Martyr (thx internet) – But we, after we have thus washed him who has been convinced and has assented to our teaching, bring him to the place where those who are called brethren are assembled, in order that we may offer hearty prayers in common for ourselves and for the baptized person, and for all others in every place, that we may be counted worthy, now that we have learned the truth, by our works also to be found good citizens and keepers of the commandments, so that we may be saved with an everlasting salvation. Having ended the prayers, we salute one another with a kiss. There is then brought to the president (i.e. presiding Presbyter) of the brethren bread and a cup of wine mixed with water; and he taking them, gives praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and offers thanks at considerable length for our being counted worthy to receive these things at His hands. And when he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all the people present express their assent by saying Amen. This word Amen answers in the Hebrew language to ??????? (so be it). And when the president has given thanks, and all the people have expressed their assent, those who are called by us deacons give to each of those present to partake of the bread and wine mixed with water over which the thanksgiving was pronounced, and to those who are absent they carry away a portion.”

Some say the first “church service” was Acts 2:41-47. Is the accurate?

So worship was visible in OT and is invisible in NT

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