Liturgical terms

A brief explanation of some liturgical terms:

Call to Worship:  A passage of scripture that is read to prepare worshippers to enter into God’s presence.

Silent Prayer:  To ready and focus worshippers on their meeting with God.

Votum: Is a Latin term meaning ‘vow’ or ‘prayer’. It is a confession and response to God’s command to worship.  Here the worshippers declare their total dependence on God.

Salutation:  God's greeting to his people.

Benediction:  God's blessing to his people.

Word:  Reading and Preaching from the Bible, God's word to humanity.

SacramentBaptism and Holy Communion (Lord's Supper) Physical signs that display spiritual truths.

For more information about Reformed Worship (offsite):

What is Reformed Worship?

Worship Evangelical or Reformed?

URC learning on Liturgy (MP3 audio resource)

The Beauty of Reformed Worship

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