Our Worship

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Few modern figures in the Reformed tradition are as widely influential as Abraham Kuyper, whose views on theology, politics, and Christian culture are renowned. His writings on worship, however, are not as well known. This new English translation of Onze Eredienst fills that gap, offering Kuyper's clearest thinking on worship and liturgy. Though written nearly a hundred years ago, his perspectives on worship are amazingly relevant to our time. / In a substantive introduction Harry Boonstra outlines Kuyper's life ...

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Overview

Few modern figures in the Reformed tradition are as widely influential as Abraham Kuyper, whose views on theology, politics, and Christian culture are renowned. His writings on worship, however, are not as well known. This new English translation of Onze Eredienst fills that gap, offering Kuyper's clearest thinking on worship and liturgy. Though written nearly a hundred years ago, his perspectives on worship are amazingly relevant to our time. / In a substantive introduction Harry Boonstra outlines Kuyper's life and the historical context in which he wrote. Adding even more luster to the volume are concluding essays by John Bolt, Bryan Spinks, Geoffrey Wainwright, and Nicholas Wolterstorff.

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(1837-1920) He was a Reformed pastor and theologian who dominated the religious and political life of the Netherlands for nearly half a century and whose ideas continue to inspire an international school of thought. He founded the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, organized the first major Christian political party in Europe, and served as prime minister of the Netherlands. Kuyper lectured and wrote many books on Reformed theology and generally sought to show the public relevance of Christian faith to modern life.

Theological librarian emeritus at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface John D. Witvliet Witvliet, John D.

Introduction Harry Boonstra Boonstra, Harry

Kuyper's Ideal Order of Worship

Foreword 3

1 Revival of Liturgical Awareness 4

2 The Assembly of Believers 8

3 Meeting with God as a Reconciled Congregation 13

4 The Altar 20

5 False Spirituality 24

6 Liturgical Prayers 29

7 Congregational Song 37

8 Our Versified Psalter 43

9 The Norms of Beauty 47

10 Clerical Vestments 58

11 The Church Building 65

12 The Seating Arrangement 93

13 The Preservice Meeting 98

14 Reading Scripture 103

15 The Votum 107

16 The Benediction 116

17 God's Presence 125

18 Confession of Sin 128

19 The Law of the Ten Commandments 131

20 Confession - to Be Sung or Spoken? 136

21 Kneeling in Prayer 141

22 The Absolution 148

23 The Confession of Faith 155

24 The Reading of Holy Scripture 159

25 Preaching 166

26 Transition to the Preaching Service 169

27 Sermon Preparation 174

28 Choosing a Text 178

29 The Preacher and the Congregation 189

30 The Conclusion of the Service 207

31 The Offerings 212

32 Ecclesiastical Ceremonies 216

33 The Administration of Holy Baptism 221

34 The Transition from Holy Baptism to the Holy Supper 248

35 The Administration of the Lord's Supper 261

36 Excommunication and Readmission 289

37 Ordination to Church Office 300

38 The Marriage Ceremony 312

39 Conclusion 316

Responses

All of Life Is Worship? Abraham Kuyper and the Neo-Kuyperians John Bolt Bolt, John 321

Abraham Kuyper on Baptismal Belief and Practice Bryan D. Spinks Spinks, Bryan D. 330

Abraham Kuyper: Pioneering Liturgist, Reformed Dogmatician, Dutch Aesthetician Geoffrey Wainwright Wainwright,Geoffrey 338

Reflections on Kuyper's Our Worship Nicholas Wolterstorff Wolterstorff, Nicholas 353

Theology of Worship in the Reformed Tradition: A Chronological Bibliography 361

Index 367

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