liturgy Tag

For centuries, churches that have spanned across denominational lines have rallied around a responsive liturgical reading surrounding the nature of the Word of God. After the reading of Scripture, the reader proclaims, “This is the word of the Lord.”  Then, the congregation responds, “Thanks be to God.” This liturgical response is not commanded in Scripture but the principle is permeated throughout the entirety of the Bible. Psalm 19 accurately reflects the correct posture towards the word of God:
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
(Psalm 19:10)
When God’s people gather weekly to hear God’s word proclaimed, it is an act of worship for them to respond with thankfulness in the reading of God’s word. When we respond, “Thanks be to God,” we are affirming the central role of God’s word that governs, sustain and structures the church. God’s people should always be thankful for the preaching of God’s word by the man appointed by God. Thomas Cranmer’s prayer summarizes well the heart of this liturgical response, “Blessed Lord, who hast caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by the patience and comfort of Thy holy Word we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which Thou hast given us, in our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.”