The Worship Quote of the Week for (10/05/2004):

Prayer of Illumination
Scripture! How important is the reading of Scripture in our services of Christian worship? Is it taken seriously? Does the congregation listen with expectancy? Is care taken such that God’s Word is read clearly and with appropriate emphasis? What does it mean to be “devoted to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching”? (Paul’s instruction to Timothy, 1 Tim. 4:13). Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a prayer of illumination from the pen of the sixteenth-century Swiss Reformer Huldrych Zwingli.

Living God,
help us to hear your Holy Word with open hearts
so that we may truly understand;
and, understanding,
that we may believe;
and, believing,
that we may follow in all faithfulness and obedience,
seeking your honor and glory in all that we do.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

—Huldrych Zwingli (1484-1531) altered, as collected in THE WORSHIP SOURCEBOOK, edited by Emily R. Brink and John D. Witvliet (Grand Rapids: CRC Publications, 2004), p. 142. ISBN 1-56212-867-1. (also Baker Book House, ISBN 0-8010-9172-1).

Have a great week.

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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