Call to Worship

Under Construction


Sinclair Ferguson

Foreword, p. xx  in ed. Gibson & Earngey, Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present (New Growth, 2018)

“In my childhood, virtually every service of worship began with the same words: ‘Let us worship God.'”


Westminster Directory for Public Worship

Of the Assembling of the Congregation

The congregation being assembled, the minister, after solemn calling on them to the worshipping of the great name of God, is to begin with prayer…


Concerning the Observation of Days of Publick Thanksgiving

The day being come, and the congregation (after private preparations) being assembled, the minister is to begin with a word of exhortation, to stir up the people to the duty for which they are met, and with a short prayer for God’s assistance and blessing (as at other conventions for publick worship)…


The Form of Presbyterial Church Government never speaks of a call to worship being a function of the pastor’s office, though it does of the Benediction.


Leishman, Ritual of the Church, top of p. 329

Book of Common Order, 1564, Cumming, p. 1

John Knox’s Genevan Liturgy, Maxwell, p. 85

Samuel Rutherford, Divine Right of Church Government, p. 6