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Why Read So Much Bible in the Worship Service?

The reading of Scripture is prominent in our worship service from beginning to end. Passages of Scripture are read for the call to worship, the confession of sin, the declaration of God's forgiveness, as well as the sermon text reading and an additional Scripture reading every week (currently we are reading through 1 Timothy). Why give so much prominence to the reading of ...

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Why Pray?

From start to finish, prayer is a significant part of the Sunday worship service at Redeemer. We have the opening prayer of invocation, a corporate prayer of confession, prayers of intercession, a prayer before and after communion, and a weekly recital of the Lord's Prayer. There are many reasons why we give prayer such a prominent place in the worship service. Prayer is ...

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Why A Declaration of Forgiveness?

Every week at Redeemer the minister declares God's forgiveness to the congregation. Formally known as the "absolution," this is a public declaration of God's certain forgiveness and favor toward those who truly repent and admit their need of Christ. The minister does not have any inherent power to forgive sins in his person, of course, but he makes this declaration as one ...

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Why have a Confession of Sin in the Worship Service?

Every week the congregation of Redeemer church corporately confesses our sins before God and seeks his mercy and forgiveness. This week for example, we will ask God in our prayer of confession that he would "Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord. For your name's sake, O L...

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