March 14, 2019

Order of Worship Service

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Every ceremony is conducted in a certain order. Likewise, our worship service to God has an order. The order of worship cannot be the same for all the churches due to certain circumstances, but the standard guideline for worship is as follows:

1) Silent Prayer

Close your eyes and pray to God with a godly mind (Psalm 143:5); it is done in silence.

2) Singing a New Song to Give Glory to God

Sing a new song to God, giving glory and thanks for His grace (Rev 5:13); it is done with all the members standing.

3) Prayer

The preacher prays in the order of giving thanks, confessing our sins, and asking God for our wishes to be done; this too is done with all the members standing, and after the prayer finishes, everyone takes a seat.

4) Singing a New Song to Give Praise to God

Sing the Sabbath-related New Songs on Sabbath worship services, and feast-related New Songs on feast days; the New Song number is decided on the basis of the characteristics of the worship service.

5) Prayer

This is the time to pray to give thanks and glory to God and also for our wishes. The prayer asks God to bless the preacher to give the right spiritual food at the proper time so that the members can be moved and blessed.

6) Special Choir

It is even more gracious if there is a special choir who pays utmost respect to God and makes the worship service godly. However, churches that are not big enough to have a choir may skip this.

7) Sermon

The preacher delivers the word of God so that the members may graciously realize God’s will. If we do not eat food, we become hungry. It is the same with our souls. If we do not have spiritual food—the word of God, we become spiritually weak and get sick. Therefore, it is very important that members pay attention to the sermon.

8) Giving Offerings and Praise to God

It is good to offer with praise for the gracious promise of God.

9) Prayer for offerings

Depending on the circumstance of the church, the presider, an elder, a missionary, or an elderess can lead the prayer; the prayer prays for blessings upon the offerings with a thanksgiving mind.

10) Announcement

This is the time to announce good news about the church or the church members. Notices can be delivered to the members during this time. As parts of one body, the members strengthen their love by rejoicing together in happy events and sharing burdens under difficult situations.

11) Prayer of Our Wishes

All the members recite the Prayer of Our Wishes together.

12) Silent Prayer

The members silently thank God for the worship service and ask Him for blessings and grace for the week.

13) Closing Declaration

The presider informs the members of the time of the next worship service, hoping to meet them again, and declare the end of the worship service.

* If a weekly worship service and an annual feast fall on a same day, the worship service is conducted, including the regulations of the annual feast.

Let us all receive much blessing from God by worshiping God in a holy and gracious manner.

Food for Thought
In what order is a worship service conducted?
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