Confirmation Class Notes Week 1

ž  Liturgical Worship

 

ž  Biblical Rationale

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That is what worship is all about. It is the glad shout of praise that arises to God the creator and God the rescuer from the creation that recognizes its maker, the creation that acknowledges the triumph of Jesus the Lamb. That is the worship that is going on in heaven, in God's dimension, all the time. The question we ought to be asking is how best we might join in.

NT Wright

 

ž  Procession

2 Hebrew Words

“dada” found in Psalm 42:4

These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.

 

Procession

To walk gently. To go slowly. Used of the solemn slowness of a procession.”

“Haliykah” as found in Psalm 68:24

our procession is seen, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—

ž  Procession

Solemn processions of God. A procession or march.

II Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

 

ž  Procession

In the liturgical services, the movement of the people of God with those leading worship is a procession. The procession involves all people present in worship. The idea of “standing” to sing the processional hymn is that all present are participating in the worship of God.

We all have our place in the sanctuary, representing the various parts of the Body of Christ.

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ž  Standing

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2

We are able to stand to praise God and proclaim our faith through the access provided by Jesus Christ.

ž  Standing

Revelation 7:9-10

[9] After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, [10] and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (ESV)

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ž  Kneeling

Psalm 95:6

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

Matthew 17:14

And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him,

ž  Kneeling

Philippians 2:10

so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

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ž  Bowing

Psalm 5:7

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.

 

ž  Bowing

Psalm 95:6

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

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ž  Lifting Hands

2 Chronicles 6:12-13

[12] Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. [13] Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the court, and he stood on it. Then he knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven, (ESV)

ž  Lifting Hands

Nehemiah 8:6

And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

ž  Lifting Hands

Psalm 63:4

So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

ž  Lifting Hands

II Timothy 2:8

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

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ž  Sitting

James 2:3

and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”

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ž  Vestments

Exodus 28:4

These are the garments that they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a coat of checker work, a turban, and a sash. They shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons to serve me as priests.

ž  Vestments

Revelation 7:9

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

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ž  Sign of the Cross (Use of the Cross)

Colossians 2:14

by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

ž  Sign of the Cross (Use of the Cross)

Galatians 6:14

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

ž  Sign of the Cross (Use of the Cross)

We do not worship the Cross.

We reverence Jesus Christ when we bow at His Name, bow when going in front of the Lord’s Table, or bow as the Processional Cross goes by us.

ž  Sign of the Cross (Use of the Cross)

Tertullian in the 2nd Century

"In all our travels and movements, in all our coming in and going out, in putting of our shoes, at the bath, at the table, in lighting our candles, in lying down, in sitting down, whatever employment occupieth us, we mark our foreheads with the sign of the cross".

ž  Sign of the Cross (Use of the Cross)

Ezekiel 9:4

[4] And the LORD said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.” (ESV)

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ž  Worship

I Corinthians 14:40

But all things should be done decently and in order.

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