15 June 2014

Abraham Kuyper: "Our Worship" 1.0

Per James Bratt, on the one hand,
Kuyper advocated reducing the clergy's role both in the concept and the conduct of worship. Ministers should take the pulpit only for tasks requiring ordination: the sermon, service of confession, sacraments, and congregational prayer. All the rest -- hymns, Scripture readings, announcements -- should be handled by the elders.
On the other, "he urged the use of liturgical prayers and faulted the prevailing cult of spontaneous utterance as too likely to indulge the supplicant's ego and to wander into a thicket of discordant, unedifying bypaths."

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