A worship service in which all words spoken, from first to last, are words from Scripture—such a service will be rigged and ready to sail into the waters that flow from the throne room of God (Rev. 22). God has chosen, in mysterious divine wisdom, this collection of documents that comprise our Bible to be the means by which we are formed to be the people of faith. God has chosen, in mysterious divine wisdom, this Bible to be one of the means by which Christ is presented to us in our gathered worship. God has chosen, in mysterious divine wisdom, this Bible to be the means of our comfort, judgment, instruction, hope, lament, and vision. It would be a great folly for us to fill our worship service with words—mountains of words—that do not find their source in this God-appointed well.
—Leanne Van Dyk, “Proclamation: Revelation, Christology,” A More Profound Alleluia: Theology and Worship in Harmony, 69-70.
There is more for us to know in the Bible than the gospel, but apart from it there is nothing worth knowing.
—Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples, 20
The beauty and effectiveness of a well-crafted liturgy will always lie in the allegiance to the Word. Just as the arts are servants of the liturgy, so is the liturgy a servant of the Word.
—Harold M. Best, Unceasing Worship, 72
As worship leaders . . . we also have the holy task of being stewards of God’s Word. Our choices of Scripture and themes for worship represent a degree of control over people’s spiritual diets, over how they feed on the bread of life.
—John Witvliet, Worship Seeking Understanding, 282
The first business of the Church at all times is to be attentive to the Word of God.
—William Nicholls, Jacob’s Ladder: The Meaning of Worship, 39
Word must always precede, and also create, sacrament and praise, confession and blessing.
—Paul F. M. Zahl, “Formal-Liturgical Worship,” in Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 Views, 34
It is often said that Luther restored congregational singing. This is true, but he did more than that—Luther restored preaching to the congregation—a most appropriate activity for lay priests. “If, now, the congregation is to proclaim the divine truth, it must have a sermon worth preaching. This is the reason for the substantial…doctrinal content in many of the Reformation hymns.” (O.C.Rupprecht)
—P.J. Janson, “A Reason to Sing,” Reformation and Revival Vo. 4, nr. 4 (Fall 1995), 19