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Alfred Aeschlimann

1. The Human Soul thirsts for God

Undoubtedly, every normal person in the intellectual, moral and spiritual knows or feels that the human being owes its existence to chance. Knows and feels that there is a higher Being, the Creator of all things. At the same time, these people are attracted to, consciously or unconsciously, to be superior to them that inspires reverence, love and desire to render Him worship.
These feelings are innate to human beautifully expressed by David in Psalm 42. "As a deer pants for flowing streams, so, for Thee, O God, my soul yearns. My soul thirsts for God, the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?".
Every true Christian shares the sentiments expressed by the psalmist and joins him when he said: "I was glad when they told me: Let the house of the Lord." We will go to the house of God to serve him and worship.
Speaking one day with the Samaritan woman, Jesus said, "The hour is coming, and now, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. (...) God is spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. " (John 4:23, 24). Not enough to go to the house of God, worship God and serve him, it is essential that the worship and service are offered to God and accepted by him as Abel's offering and not rejected as Cain's.
2. What is an Act of Worship and Worship?
To worship God in spirit and in truth you must have a clear idea of what is a cult. The service can be private, family or public. When you are done with the proper spirit and in correct form, the cult is an interview with God. While not a private or family, usually constitutes a service or meeting of a group of Christians celebrated in a place intended for that, as a chapel, a temple, etc..
The Dictionary of the Bible WW Rand, to explain what is the cult declares that: "supreme reverence which is due only to God. It includes worship, praise, thanksgiving, confession of sin, supplication for grace and consideration of the divine will ".
Adventist Bible Dictionary makes the following comment about the word "cult": "The attitude of humility, reverence, honor, devotion and adoration that appropriately characterizes the relationship of created beings with their Creator, especially in His presence."
In short, we can say that an act of worship is a meeting devoted to the worship and praise God through song and personal testimonies of the faithful. It is an occasion to talk to God through prayer and listening to God by the exposition of His Word and the impressions of the Holy Spirit. It is an opportunity to be in communion with God and the faithful among themselves. It is a means to promote spiritual growth.
3. The Importance of Worship
What was above points is enough to understand the great importance that the worship and adoration they have for the children of God.
The importance of the cult is based on our great need. The human being needs to be in communion with his Creator; need to open your heart to God in prayer. Need to hear God's voice by exposure of the Word. The Christian needs the companionship of Christ, Who said: "Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I with them." (Matthew 18:20).
It is important to devote some time every day for worship and private personnel. It is necessary also to devote the morning and afternoon while the family worship. One must go to God's house and participate in collective worship or public. By studying the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White [2], it becomes clear that these three kinds of worship are important and necessary for spiritual growth, although in this work, for lack of space, we do mainly referring to public worship.
As Christians we should give much importance to the cults that consider it a privilege and, to some extent, also a duty to go to the house of God to worship Him. So David said, "Come, let us worship and bow down, kneel before the Lord who created us. He is our God, and we the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand." (Psalm 95:6 and 7). So God said through the mouth of Joel: "Blow the trumpet in Zion, proclaim a fast, call a solemn assembly. Gather the people, sanctify the congregation." (Joel 2:15, 16). So Zephaniah adds: "Concentrate and examine you. (...) Seek the Lord all ye meek of the earth." (Zephaniah 2:1, 3).
Just as an ember that is only goes off, does the Christian who does not attend church services to be cool and ends up erasing spiritually. That is why the apostle Paul advises: "Do not forsake our own congregation, as the manner of some is; but exhorting, and much more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25).


4. The Physical Aspects and its Relation to Worship


When considering the dignity of worship can not overlook certain physical aspects that favor or disfavor the worship services. The tabernacle in the desert was simple, but beautiful. The Temple of Solomon is considered by many as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Given the importance of religion, we must install our churches and chapels in places quiet, respectable and, if possible, beautiful. Our houses of worship may be simple but must be well finished and well cared for. Should be painted in appropriate colors. The furniture, like the pulpit, seats and chairs, must be in good condition. There should always be scrupulous cleanliness and order at all.
You must pay attention to ancillary rooms, the room pastoral, the baptistery, the gardens, the courtyards and also to sanitation services. There must be adequate tools for special services such as baptisms, the Lord's Supper and Ceremony of Humility. The ornaments should be done well and on time. Everything that relates to the house of God, has to do directly or indirectly with the cults and why it is necessary to pay careful attention.
"For the believing soul and humble the house of God on earth is like the gate of Heaven The songs of praise, prayer, the word given by the ambassadors of the Lord, are the means provided by God to prepare a people for assembly from above, for that sublime meeting at which nothing that defiles shall be admissible. " - Testimonies, vol. 2, pp. 193.
"Blessed are those who have a sanctuary, luxurious or modest, or in the middle of a city or between the caves of the mountains, in the humble closet or in some desert. If this is the best place is given to them to arrange for that purpose, God sanctified by His presence and be holy to the Lord of hosts [3]. - Idem, pp. 194.


5. Some Basic Rules of Worship

 


The worship of God has always had its rules of order and reverence. From the beginning there were instructions on worship around the altar. During the Levitical dispensation were instructions about the construction of the tabernacle. There were rules about the priesthood and the various services and sacrifices. "God gave to His people of old rules precise and accurate on order." - Idem, pp. 198.
It was necessary to take seriously the religious rules of Leviticus. Not everyone could do all things. Not everyone could get in any part of the sanctuary or to take any object in the hands of the shrine. The transgression of the rules of worship was punished severely, as is evident in the following cases: Nadab and Abihu, who died in the sanctuary, Korah, Dathan, Abiram and his group, who were swallowed by the earth, the tragedy of Beth Shemesh and the sad fate of Uzza.
Today, praise and worship must also have their rules which must be observed if we want the approval and blessings of God. "There should be reading the instructions that God Himself deigned to give the ancient Hebrews for us, we have the glorious truth shining on us, imitate in their reverence for God's house?". - Ibid.
"Should there be regulations as to time, place and manner of worship. Nothing is sacred, nothing is connected to divine worship should be treated with neglect or indifference." - Idem, pp. 193. For lack of space, we will mention only two basic rules that should govern the whole worship service: Order and Reverence.
There must be order: The Education of Paul is clear: "Everything is done with decency and order." (I Corinthians 14:40). Declares the servant of the Lord: "Those who received the anointing of Heaven in all its efforts acoroçoarão [stimulate, encourage [4]] order, discipline and unity of action, and then the angels of God could cooperate with them. But never, ever punish these heavenly messengers irregularity, disorganization and disorder. " - Testimonies to Ministers, pg. 28.
In many of our services is necessary to improve planning, programming, organization, discipline and order.
There must be reverence: Our worship is an encounter with God and the holy angels. The Lord is present in the person of his representative, the Holy Spirit. With how much reverence and awe we should go to God's presence! We read in Habakkuk 2:20: "The Lord is in His holy temple; shut up before Him all the earth." Moreover, the wise Solomon made the following recommendation: "Guard your steps when you enter the house of God, come to listen rather than offer the sacrifice of fools." (Ecclesiastes 5:1). To go worship at the house of God we must remember what God said to Moses at the burning bush: "Take off your sandals, for the place you stand is holy ground." (Exodus 3:5).
We note some statements about the Spirit of Prophecy of reverence in the house of God and worship:
"Every service must be performed with solemnity and reverence. (...) [Sometimes] are the boys and girls who show so little respect for the house of God, who entertain a conversation during the preaching. (...) It a deplorable fact that the reverence for God's house is almost extinct. Things and places of worship if not already discerned, the high and holy things are not appreciated. (...) Almost all need to be taught how to behave in the house of prayer. The Parents should not only teach, to urge their children to enter the sanctuary divine with seriousness and reverence. (...) [The children] are often found in clusters, away from parents who had to take care of them, and though they are in the presence of God, whose eyes rest on them, put them to whisper and laugh, carrying himself inconveniently, and proving to be disrespectful and inattentive. (...) Because of his irreverence in attitude, in dress and behavior, and their lack of true spirit of devotion, God often takes away from his face that were gathered together for worship. " - Testimonies, vol. 2, pp. 195-201.

 
6. The Cult Leaders and Participants

 


Who are the leaders of cults? Are pastors and preachers, elders, deacons, directors of Lay Activities, Sabbath school society MV [current JA] and every person who climbs to the platform to play some part of a cult.
It is unfortunate that often the attitude and conduct of the leaders of the cult diminish the reverence and dignity of worship services. Care must be taken very seriously so that the presentation of the staff who run some part of a cult is correct in every sense. This applies to pastors, church officers, and perhaps especially, to girls and women who climb the platform and present themselves before the congregation. A cult is not an occasion to display the worldly fashions invented by the enemy of God.
The performance of those who lead a worship should always be passed dignity. They should sit properly, avoid unnecessary movements, speak only what is necessary and do not exceed in the exercise of his powers. Must take care that all worship is surrounded by an atmosphere of reverence, solemnity and sanctity. They should also take care that their family members set a good example.
The leaders of worship also have a duty to teach the whole congregation to worship in spirit and in truth. Should be taught the participants the need to prepare for worship. This preparation must be material or abroad, and especially spiritual or interior. It should also be taught on-time assistance to worship and the right attitude going into the house of God. Do not forget to teach that there is true worship must be earnest participation of all worshipers.
"When the believers enter the house of worship must maintain proper composure and quietly take his place. (...) If you miss a few minutes to start the service, believers must give themselves to the devotion and silent meditation, bringing the soul into prayer to God that the service would take them a special blessing. (...) The Minister shall enter the house of prayer with a solemn and dignified composure. Arriving at the pulpit, should lean in silent prayer and fervently ask the assistance of God. (...) When the meeting opened with prayer, each one must kneel in the presence of the Almighty and lift your heart to God in silent devotion. (...) When the word is displayed, you must remember, brothers, which is the voice of God which is speaking through His servant. Listen attentively. " - Idem, pp. 194 and 195.


7. Essential Elements of Worship The essential elements or major parts of a cult are usually four and sometimes five: Praise, Prayer, listings, the Exhibition of the word and, often, the response of the Congregation, or testimonials. We will make a brief comment of these elements.
Praise: It is our privilege tax praise to our God. The means are especially welcome song and music. The organ is the most appropriate instrument for the church. The piano is also acceptable, but we must be careful with the use of other kinds of instruments, especially those that relate to worldly music, superficial, and even sensual rhythm that is so fashionable today. The person playing the instrument must learn to follow and not necessarily direct the singing of the congregation.
About the corner, it should be noted that should always be chosen hymns appropriate to the occasion and the subject matter to be presented in worship. The cult is not a singing lesson, so they should be chosen hymns known to most worshipers [5]. One must, however, teach them to sing with understanding, feeling and reverence in harmony with what Paul said: "I will pray with the spirit, but I will also pray with the mind sing with the spirit, but also sing with the mind ". (I Corinthians 14:15). If directors of music and singing, they must be people who really know the address, otherwise it is better not to have them. If any, must serve the preacher.
For worship, congregational singing is the most suitable. Moreover, we recognize that a good choir can provide a good contribution to the cult acts in consultation with the preacher, his place is occupied at the time indicated and if it does not cause loss of time. It should be careful with what is sometimes called a "special corner". These songs should be appropriate to the subject presented by the preacher, and singers must be persons of recognized consecration, which have a personal possession in accordance with the standards of the church and to sing the glory of God and spiritual benefit of the congregation.
"When humans sing with spirit and understanding, the celestial musicians pick up the harmony, and join the song of thanksgiving. God expects His servants to cultivate her voice, so that they can talk and sing in a manner understandable to all. Not the singing is stronger than necessary, but the clear intonation, pronunciation, correct, and perfect enunciation. That all dedicate time to cultivate the voice, so that the praise of God be sung in light tones and soft, not asperities that offends the ear. " - Gospel Workers, pp. 357.
Prayer: Part of worship is very important prayer. Preferably, the prayer should be made to its knees. David he was inspired when he said: "Come, let us worship and bow down, kneel before the Lord who created us." (Psalm 95.6). The person who utters the prayer should be carefully chosen. Prayer should be appropriate to the occasion. It should not include personal affairs, or constitute a sermon to God or the congregation. A public prayer in general should be short and uttered aloud so everyone can hear it and join you in spirit. As Christ taught His disciples to pray that the pastor should teach your employees how they should be prayer in public worship.
We note the following comments on the sentence inspired prayers in worship: "Let the ministers and all who make public prayer learn to do it so that God may be glorified, and blessed the listeners' .- Gospel Workers, pp. 89.
"The prayer in public should be brief and go straight to the point. God does not require us to take the tedious period of worship, through long petitions. There are many tedious prayers, which seem more of a lecture given to the Lord, than the present you a request. (...) is not required verbose prayers, offered as sermon and are out of place in public. A short prayer, performed with fervor and faith, slow down the heart of the listeners' .- Idem, pp . 175-179.
"I've seen the mess that displeases God, and there must be order in the prayer and also in singing. We should not reach the house of God to pray for our family, unless a deep sense of this lead us as the Spirit of God is convincing. When the house of God, we pray for a blessing this, and expect Him to hear us and answer to petitions. " - Testimonies, vol. 1, pp. 44th and 45th. One of our petitions should be: "Lord, teach us to pray."
The Listings: The moment we give up our tithes and offerings to God is also an integral part of worship. From the beginning, the act of giving, offering and sacrifice has been linked with the cult. In Israel, the offerings and sacrifices were often the very center of worship services.
Return to God something that He has given us is or should be a part of worship today. Constitutes a tangible expression of our love and gratitude to God. By providing means to preach the gospel we have demonstrated interest in the salvation of others. What David said in his day is also for us in the present tense: "Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name: bring an offering, and come into His courts. Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness." (Psalm 96:8 and 9).
We must not forget, however, that this part of the service must be made with order, reverence and solemnity. There should be no delay nor loss of time. There must be enough people to collect the gifts, and all should be dressed appropriately. In large churches, it is best to do the prayer before collecting the offerings and in small churches, then.
The Exposition of the Word: The central part of worship is the exposition of the Word of God. One who is exposed and should be considered a spokesman of God and the message appears to be accepted as a message from the Lord. Every exposure of the Word, every sermon preached in worship, should be a message from God that supplies some human need.
The pastor or the person in charge of making the exposition of the Word should always fully prepare your message through prayer, study and meditation. It would be a grave error to present themselves before the flock without having prepared properly the subject being presented. Often God is dishonored and the cult loses much of its solemnity, dignity and effectiveness due to poorly prepared sermons and poorly presented. It is necessary to significantly improve this aspect of worship.
We note some statements of the inspired pen on the exposition of the Word in worship: "Let the speeches short, and spiritual high. Learn every man who goes to the pulpit that has angels from Heaven on his audience." - Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 337 and 338. "Speak little. Thy speeches are usually double what they should have." - Idem, pp. 311. "Speak little, and the interest of criareis often hear." - Idem, pp. 258.
Above all, the exposition of the Word should be characterized by solemnity and reverence. Said the servant of the Lord: "I have heard some ministers talk about the life and teachings of Christ so common. (...) The ministers should not be used to report inappropriate jokes in connection with his sermons. (...) The narration of anecdotes and incidents which produce amusement, or a slight thought in the minds of listeners, is severely censured. The truth must be clothed in language chaste and dignified. " - Gospel Workers, pp. 165 and 168.
The Response of the Congregation (Witness): The servant of the Lord mentions another element of worship which are giving very little attention. This is the response of the faithful to the message presented, giving an opportunity for testimony. We read:
"Whoever is appointed to conduct worship services on Saturdays, should study the way to interest listeners in the truths of the Word. You do not want to do always as long speeches that there is no opportunity to confess Christ present. The sermon must often be brief, to the people to express their gratitude to God. Offers gratitude glorifies the Lord's name. In every congregation of saints, 'listen to the angels of God worship rendered to Jehovah in testimony, song and prayer'. "
"The prayer meeting and witnesses, should be a period of special aid and animation. Everyone should feel that it is a privilege to be part of it. That all who confess Christ have anything to say in testimony meeting. These should be short and, in order to be a help to others. " - Gospel Workers, pp. 171.

8. Problems that go against the dignity and effectiveness of Worship

Briefly mention some problems or practices that we have observed and that, in our opinion, undermine the dignity and effectiveness of services. Fortunately, there are churches where the services are almost "models", but in many places there are one or more of these faults below:
Lack of Care and Timeliness: The lack of assistance is especially true in the Sabbath school, at the prayer meeting, evangelistic meetings and to a lesser degree in Divine Worship, Saturdays. Something similar can be said of the lack of punctuality, with the aggravating factor that people often responsible for the cults are not punctual, starting meetings with five to ten minutes late.
Irreverence: This is probably one of the biggest problems, and is manifested in the following ways: There are those who remain outside, talking during the service. There are whispers and conversations within the temple. Some read, or adopt an attitude of indifference. One of the most serious problems is the disorder of children that are not controlled by parents.
Delay to start: These delays, especially in the worship of the Sabbath, are sometimes caused because the details of the program were not prepared in time, because people who should accompany the preacher are not ready and, often, because the coral takes five to ten minutes to perform, causing anxiety, nervousness and even impatience.
Personal Appearance Drawback: Sometimes people go up to the platform with improper personal aspect, which distracts attention and diverts the minds. Some present with clothing, shape and colors inappropriate to the pulpit, with hair styles, both men and women, completely exaggerated, and sometimes, some girls and they go ahead with too short dresses and garish.
Too many ads: This is a serious problem in many churches. Often, it takes precious time to make a series of ads unnecessary minor and too long, annoying or cheesy.
Excess Preliminary Another serious problem is the numerous preliminary Divine Worship on Saturday. For preliminary, we believe among other things the following: Long aforementioned ads, letters of transfer and / or exclusion of members, dedication of children, long presentations of visitors, several promotions, too long to collect the tithes and offerings, etc.. There are churches that comprise the program for Divine Worship called "Ten Minutes Missionaries," which sometimes stretch enough. We have been in meetings where the preacher could only start his sermon when he had passed 20, 30, 40 and even 50 minutes after the start of worship.
Music and Songs that are not appropriate: Another factor that greatly concerns about the effectiveness of worship is the music and singing. Often, the hymns sung do not harmonize with the subject of the sermon, not the beginning or end. The same thing happens with the songs presented by the choir and especially with the so-called "special song". The preacher is not consulted, and as a result, these songs do not prepare the congregation for the sermon, or reinforce the message presented. Before or distract the mind away from the subject of the sermon. This problem is aggravated when there are people who sing on the platform with a questionable personal attire.
Sermons on the Si: They contribute to inefficiency and to decrease the dignity of religious sermons poorly chosen, poorly prepared, poorly fastened and irreverent by the inclusion of anecdotes and witty illustrations or frivolous [or schist, funny ...]. When the sermons are too long, the problem worsens, because such kind of tired sermon the preacher, the listeners and the angels.
Prayers Public: Although it seems rare, often uttered the prayers do not help the service to be what it should. Sometimes you do not choose the right person to pray. The sentences are long, and resemble inappropriate speeches. "They cover a wide range of needs that are unrelated to the timing or the details of the people." Testimonies, vol. 2, pp. 61. Are tedious and formal.
Comments at the End of the Meeting: Sometimes, after the sermon, comments or announcements are made, or is collected an offer. All this tends to erase the impressions made by the message and the Holy Spirit.
After the Cult Activities: All activities carried out immediately after the service tends to diminish or obliterate the effect, although such activities are good in themselves, such as: meetings of any committee, baptismal classes, choir rehearsals or special songs, and Normally, even prayer groups, unless they pray for a special issue mentioned in the sermon.
Testimonials Very Long: "Another problem in prayer meetings sometimes have to do with the testimonies too long and out of place. Those who are trusted and always ready to talk, take the liberty to sacrifice the testimony of a timid and withdrawn. The superficial generally have more to say. " - Idem vol. 1, pp. 457.
This list of problems that undermine the dignity and effectiveness of worship is not exhaustive but only illustrative.


9. The Program of Worship

 
Again and again we have come to the conclusion that to be a worthy worship, reverent and effective, it is best to have a simple program and free of ritualism. Below we will give a program with these features:
1) Prelude piano, organ or choir.
2) Enter the leaders of worship and bow down in silent prayer.
3) The congregation sang the doxology (standing).
4) The preacher gave a brief invocation (not a long prayer).
5) are collected the tithes and offerings, praying before or after.
6) It is sung at the opening hymn.
7) Bible Reading related to the subject of the sermon.
8) pastoral prayer, imploring the blessing of the worship, the listeners and the preacher.
9) Anthem, chorus or hymn suitable for the particular subject of the sermon.
10) Sermon, not very long.
11) Hino final related issue.
12) Final Blessing (not a long prayer).
It is assumed that the missionaries minutes, promotions, ads, dedication of children, etc.. Have been made before starting to Divine Worship, in the Sabbath school, to end the Sabbath school or in the brief interval before starting Divine Worship.
Conclusion and Recommendations
Clearly, as leaders, pastors, church officers and members in general have much to learn and quite correct that so that our services are developed in all to the glory of God and for spiritual edification of the flock. We must study and meditate a lot to learn to worship God in spirit and truth, "as pleases the Lord. In conclusion, we make some recommendations for consideration by those involved:
1. We recommend that suitable places and occasions to study the list of problems mentioned in section 8 of this work and that we take the necessary steps to correct what is not right in our services, based on the instructions of the Bible and the Testimonies of standards our church.
2. Recommend that our pastors and churches to adopt a simple program, especially for worship on Saturday by disconnecting it from the preliminary mentioned as one of Problems and dedicating it entirely to worship, prayer, study the Word and, occasionally, the response of congregation in the form of brief testimonials.
3. To make what was declared in the previous paragraph, we recommend that the dedication of children is included in the Sabbath School program, which the missionaries occur minutes after the Sabbath School, that promotions are made during the minutes that missionaries and print ads in church bulletin or to appear before the beginning of Divine Worship.
4. We recommend that with renewed earnestness to pay attention to everything that relates to the bow. That periodically discuss this issue in order to instruct members on a matter so vital.



The essential elements or major parts of a cult are usually four and sometimes five: Praise, Prayer, listings, the Exhibition of the word and, often, the response of the Congregation, or testimonials. We will make a brief comment of these elements.
Praise: It is our privilege tax praise to our God. The means are especially welcome song and music. The organ is the most appropriate instrument for the church. The piano is also acceptable, but we must be careful with the use of other kinds of instruments, especially those that relate to worldly music, superficial, and even sensual rhythm that is so fashionable today. The person playing the instrument must learn to follow and not necessarily direct the singing of the congregation.
About the corner, it should be noted that should always be chosen hymns appropriate to the occasion and the subject matter to be presented in worship. The cult is not a singing lesson, so they should be chosen hymns known to most worshipers [5]. One must, however, teach them to sing with understanding, feeling and reverence in harmony with what Paul said: "I will pray with the spirit, but I will also pray with the mind sing with the spirit, but also sing with the mind ". (I Corinthians 14:15). If directors of music and singing, they must be people who really know the address, otherwise it is better not to have them. If any, must serve the preacher.
For worship, congregational singing is the most suitable. Moreover, we recognize that a good choir can provide a good contribution to the cult acts in consultation with the preacher, his place is occupied at the time indicated and if it does not cause loss of time. It should be careful with what is sometimes called a "special corner". These songs should be appropriate to the subject presented by the preacher, and singers must be persons of recognized consecration, which have a personal possession in accordance with the standards of the church and to sing the glory of God and spiritual benefit of the congregation.
"When humans sing with spirit and understanding, the celestial musicians pick up the harmony, and join the song of thanksgiving. God expects His servants to cultivate her voice, so that they can talk and sing in a manner understandable to all. Not the singing is stronger than necessary, but the clear intonation, pronunciation, correct, and perfect enunciation. That all dedicate time to cultivate the voice, so that the praise of God be sung in light tones and soft, not asperities that offends the ear. " - Gospel Workers, pp. 357.
Prayer: Part of worship is very important prayer. Preferably, the prayer should be made to its knees. David he was inspired when he said: "Come, let us worship and bow down, kneel before the Lord who created us." (Psalm 95.6). The person who utters the prayer should be carefully chosen. Prayer should be appropriate to the occasion. It should not include personal affairs, or constitute a sermon to God or the congregation. A public prayer in general should be short and uttered aloud so everyone can hear it and join you in spirit. As Christ taught His disciples to pray that the pastor should teach your employees how they should be prayer in public worship.
We note the following comments on the sentence inspired prayers in worship: "Let the ministers and all who make public prayer learn to do it so that God may be glorified, and blessed the listeners' .- Gospel Workers, pp. 89.
"The prayer in public should be brief and go straight to the point. God does not require us to take the tedious period of worship, through long petitions. There are many tedious prayers, which seem more of a lecture given to the Lord, than the present you a request. (...) is not required verbose prayers, offered as sermon and are out of place in public. A short prayer, performed with fervor and faith, slow down the heart of the listeners' .- Idem, pp . 175-179.
"I've seen the mess that displeases God, and there must be order in the prayer and also in singing. We should not reach the house of God to pray for our family, unless a deep sense of this lead us as the Spirit of God is convincing. When the house of God, we pray for a blessing this, and expect Him to hear us and answer to petitions. " - Testimonies, vol. 1, pp. 44th and 45th. One of our petitions should be: "Lord, teach us to pray."
The Listings: The moment we give up our tithes and offerings to God is also an integral part of worship. From the beginning, the act of giving, offering and sacrifice has been linked with the cult. In Israel, the offerings and sacrifices were often the very center of worship services.
Return to God something that He has given us is or should be a part of worship today. Constitutes a tangible expression of our love and gratitude to God. By providing means to preach the gospel we have demonstrated interest in the salvation of others. What David said in his day is also for us in the present tense: "Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name: bring an offering, and come into His courts. Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness." (Psalm 96:8 and 9).
We must not forget, however, that this part of the service must be made with order, reverence and solemnity. There should be no delay nor loss of time. There must be enough people to collect the gifts, and all should be dressed appropriately. In large churches, it is best to do the prayer before collecting the offerings and in small churches, then.
The Exposition of the Word: The central part of worship is the exposition of the Word of God. One who is exposed and should be considered a spokesman of God and the message appears to be accepted as a message from the Lord. Every exposure of the Word, every sermon preached in worship, should be a message from God that supplies some human need.
The pastor or the person in charge of making the exposition of the Word should always fully prepare your message through prayer, study and meditation. It would be a grave error to present themselves before the flock without having prepared properly the subject being presented. Often God is dishonored and the cult loses much of its solemnity, dignity and effectiveness due to poorly prepared sermons and poorly presented. It is necessary to significantly improve this aspect of worship.
We note some statements of the inspired pen on the exposition of the Word in worship: "Let the speeches short, and spiritual high. Learn every man who goes to the pulpit that has angels from Heaven on his audience." - Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 337 and 338. "Speak little. Thy speeches are usually double what they should have." - Idem, pp. 311. "Speak little, and the interest of criareis often hear." - Idem, pp. 258.
Above all, the exposition of the Word should be characterized by solemnity and reverence. Said the servant of the Lord: "I have heard some ministers talk about the life and teachings of Christ so common. (...) The ministers should not be used to report inappropriate jokes in connection with his sermons. (...) The narration of anecdotes and incidents which produce amusement, or a slight thought in the minds of listeners, is severely censured. The truth must be clothed in language chaste and dignified. " - Gospel Workers, pp. 165 and 168.
The Response of the Congregation (Witness): The servant of the Lord mentions another element of worship which are giving very little attention. This is the response of the faithful to the message presented, giving an opportunity for testimony. We read:
"Whoever is appointed to conduct worship services on Saturdays, should study the way to interest listeners in the truths of the Word. You do not want to do always as long speeches that there is no opportunity to confess Christ present. The sermon must often be brief, to the people to express their gratitude to God. Offers gratitude glorifies the Lord's name. In every congregation of saints, 'listen to the angels of God worship rendered to Jehovah in testimony, song and prayer'. "
"The prayer meeting and witnesses, should be a period of special aid and animation. Everyone should feel that it is a privilege to be part of it. That all who confess Christ have anything to say in testimony meeting. These should be short and, in order to be a help to others. " - Gospel Workers, pp. 171.
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