October 1, 2023 | Liturgy Bible Study  – Session 3 – Entrance Rites






Liturgy Bible Study – Session 3 – Entrance Rites


As we prepare our hearts for worship, what are some things we should be thinking about? Exodus 3:13-14; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Psalm 90:1-2, 96:5, 145:3; John 4:24; Ephesians 3:20-21; James 1:17



Every beginning sets a mood. In your opinion, what mood should be set at the beginning of a worship service? Why do you think this way?



Why is it important to invite the Holy Spirit into the service at the beginning? John 16:13



The way the service begins implies something about the purpose. What should be the purpose of worship? 2 Samuel 12:19-20; Psalm 100:1-5; Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 12:1; Philippians 4:6-7; Hebrews 13:15



The opening hymn is important in setting a tone. What should the words of the opening hymn convey?



How does the opening hymn serve as a transition from our ordinary lives to the presence of God?



The procession used to be an important element in the service. Why do you think so many churches have omitted this part?



In a normal procession, a person called the crucifer, carries the cross, often at the top of a pole, to a place by the alter. What does this signify? Exodus 33:14; Romans 5:1, 6:23; Hebrews 4:16; Revelation 12:10



Candles are also lit as a reflection of the candles described in Revelation 1:20. What else do they signify? Psalm 119:105; Matthew 5:14; John 8:12



The invocation is an announcement of the presence of God in the worship service. It is arguably the most important part of the beginning of each worship service. Why?



Some pastors say, “We make our beginning in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” What could be said to be wrong with this statement?



Is the worship service to be seen as earthward towards heaven or heaven to earth? Explain.



Is the sign of the cross something only the pastor should do? Why or why not?



Is the sign of the cross merely superstition or ritual? If not, what does it do for us?



What are some things to avoid at the beginning of a worship service? Why?