Exhortations : A Call to Maturity in Worship

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At the beginning of each Lord's Day service at Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho, Pastor Douglas Wilson delivers an exhortation, or "call to worship." Clear, pointed, and direct, those calls have been as much appreciated as the sermons that follow them . . . and they are now available in print. Categorized by subject, the themes of these exhortations range from "Armies of the Living God" and "The Brethren," to "Reformation" and "Sin." With 153 separate calls, few subjects are missed, and even fewer words minced. Beautifully formatted, each chapter begins with a prayer of adoration and ends with a prayer of confession.

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...Two common practices are much to be deplored in worship. As these exhortations were being composed, one of these deplorable things I was in the process of coming out of, and the other one I wanted to avoid getting into. The former was the notion that spontaneity in worship is the thing we want, the order of the day, and that all exhortations should be impromptu, from the heart. Of course all true godliness is from the heart, but so is everything else, sin included. If a vacuous man shares his heart, all the saints feel is a faint breeze. I was very tired of the sanctified rambling and repetition that had characterized much of my past.

So I wanted the discipline of writing things down, preparing my thoughts (and heart) beforehand. But the temptation that comes with prepared and set forms is that of drifting into holyspeak, dearlybelovedism, and other ministerial forms of sonorous praying and speaking through the nose. As a result I labored to have the exhortations be an ongoing discipline of plain speaking, and plain dealing.

For some, the result might seem to have some hard edges. But in context, the congregation of saints at Christ Church received the exhortations well, and in the way they were offered—that is, with genuine love and affection. From time to time, I was asked if the exhortations could be published, and so when the opportunity came to publish them with Charles Nolan, I was glad to pursue the option....

I submit these exhortations and prayers in the hope that they will be an encouragement to those who read them, and that God will show His kindness in using them in the reformation of the Church.

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Douglas Wilson is the pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, and the senior editor of Credenda/Agenda. Husband, father of three children, and prolific writer, among his books are "Reforming Marriage," "Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning," and "The Paideia of God."

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