Are God’s children ever guilty of abbreviated worship? Do we ever rush through the process of worshiping God in spirit and in truth? Many times we must plead guilty to such a charge.
We abbreviate prayers. We abbreviate services. We abbreviate hymns. Many of the original composers of solid hymns throughout church history would marvel at how many stanzas we have left out. I recall one funeral I conducted years ago, when the other officiant decided that four verses of ‘How Great Thou Art’ were too many. Which one should he drop? He felt the one which declares, ‘And when I think that God His Son not sparing sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in….” I was preaching on the gospel, so I opted to reinsert the text as part of my sermon that day!
I’ve shared in worship services in other cultures, where they practice what…
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