“Worship God.”

Rev. 22:9

“Fear God, and give glory to Him… and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

Rev. 14:7



All the Works of the Westminster Divines on Worship

The Regulative Principle of Worship 




Regular Elements of Worship


“…after solemn calling on them to the worshipping of the great name of God…”¹

“Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship… the reading of the Scriptures with godly fear; the sound preaching, and conscionable hearing of the word, in obedience unto God, with understanding, faith and reverence; singing of psalms with grace in the heart; as also the due administration and worthy receiving of the sacraments instituted by Christ; are all parts of the ordinary religious worship of God”²

“After which… let the minister dismiss the congregation with a solemn blessing.”¹


¹ Westminster Directory of Public Worship
² Westminster Confession of Faith, 21.3.5


Call to Worship


Singing of Psalms

Reading of Scripture


Baptism and the Lord’s Supper




 Special Elements of Worship


“…beside religious oaths and vows, solemn fastings, and thanksgivings upon special occasions, which are, in their several times and seasons, to be used in a holy and religious manner.”

Westminster Confession of Faith, ch. 21.5


Oaths and Vows


Days of Thanksgiving



Related Issues of Worship

Musical Instruments

Religious Images in Worship

Images of Christ


Head Coverings

Responsive Readings

The Lord’s Day 

Other Religious Holidays

Children in Public Worship 

Tithes and Offerings

Saying Amen at the End of Prayers




Binnie, William – The Christian Ordinances, 1882, p. 52, 58 pages, from his The Church

Wilson, John – A Brief Discourse Concerning the Spirituality and Simplicity of New Testament Worship  1667  140 pp.




“Let us also learn that nothing is less consistent than to punish heavily the crimes whereby mortals are injured, whilst we connive at the impious errors or sacrilegious modes of worship whereby the majesty of God is violated.”

John Calvin
on Ex. 32:29

“The worship of Christ, if he be not God, is idolatry, and the Christian religion damnable sin.  So we must be very sure that Christ is God before we worship him.”

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan



Related Pages

The Church

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Personal Godliness