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
“Man is what he eats” was Feuerbach’s aphorism. By feeding on the word of God, the believer is changed according to God’s character.
—Geoffrey Wainwright, Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine and Life, 18
The New Testament says that when churches gather they should read the Bible, preach the Bible, pray the Bible, sing the Bible, and see the Bible [Communion].
Scripture should constitute the very content for much of what we say, sing, and pray in worship. When this is the case, Scripture permeates the service from beginning to end. Scripture forms the basis for all of worship.
—Constance Cherry, The Worship Architect, 80