A Picture of Worship

John Gregg, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross, from his Charge to the Clergy, 1867:

Full is the theory of our public worship:

a sacred day,
the Sabbath bell,
the house of prayer,
the gathering people,
the mingled multitude
of rich and poor and young and old together,
the opening Scripture;

the lowly voice of supplication, wafting our wants to heaven,
the humble joy, the lively thanks giving, the adoring praise,
“We praise thee, O God,”
rejoicing “in the strength of our salvation;”
the holy words of inspiration, the venerable with hoary years,

a pause,
the solemn pause to remember the poor and needy,
and offering and sacrifice well pleasing to God;
with praise in hymn or song or spiritual song
poured forth in melodious accents,
or with the solemn chant,

the man of God ascends his throne, and stands erect to teach,
to preach the truth, to point to Jesus, and show the road to heaven.
The character of the man, the look,
the voice, the words, arrest and fix the mind,
affect the heart and move and melt the soul,
with thoughts that burn and breathe of heaven.

The voice is still, the silent supplication rises,
the prayer of faith is heard,
that helpful spirit of grace descends,
the dew of blessing falls;
minds are solemnized,
souls are kindled and humble hearts refreshed.

The holy table spread, a heavenly feast,
the sacrifice of praise, the “Glory be to God on high,”
the close in prayer and blessing, knowledge, peace and love;

the slowly retiring multitude go on their way rejoicing,
musing praise and looking thoughts of heaven.

“Truly it is good to be here, this is none other than the house of God.”

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About katiekind

Enjoying the second half of life. I have three sons who are the apples of my eye and a wonderful husband of 35 years--those are the important things. Long ago, out of the blue, I became a Christian. It was something I never planned on, but what joy it has been. I do website development and I like to read and garden and paint and I love beauty and truth.
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