Heidelberg Cathechism (1563)
Question 49: What benefit do we gain from Christ’s ascension into heaven?
First, that he pleads our cause in heaven in the presence of his Father.
Second, that we have our flesh in heaven: taken there as a sure pledge that Christ our head will take us, his members, there to himself.
And third, that he sends us his Spirit, sent back as a further pledge: by whose power we make our goal not earthly things, but things above where Christ is, seated at God’s right hand.
The dust of the earth is on the throne of the Majesty on high.
The content of public worship is of immense importance. P. T. Forsyth said, “The preacher is not there to astonish people with the unheard of, he is there to revive them in what they have long heard.” What is so for preaching . . . is also true for the context in which preaching takes place. Every element of the public worship of the people of God must communicate the true content of the faith, which finds its focus on the person and work of Jesus the Messiah.
–Noel Due, Created for Worship, 235
A PRAYER FOR CHORISTERS
Bless, O Lord, us thy servants, who minister in thy temple. Grant that what we sing with our lips, we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts, we may show forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—Choristers’ Pocket Book, 1934 (probably based on Carthage statement)
(Decree that cantors should be blessed with these words:)
Vide, ut quod ore cantas, corde credas, et quod corde credis, operibus comprobes.
(“See that what thou singest with thy lips thou dost believe in thine heart, and that what thou believest in thine heart thou dost show forth in thy works.”)
–Fourth Council of Carthage (c 398 AD)