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Date: April 13, 2003

Location: University of Dayton, Alumni Hall Room 101

Meeting Topic: A Detailed Look at Protestant Worship

Speaker: Rev. Bill Youngkin, Pastor, David's United Church of Christ 

Members: 19

Thank You

Thanks to Shirley Flacks for the timely devotional.

Thank you to Eileen, Father Bert and Connie for the refreshments.

Thank you, Rev. Bill Youngkin, Pastor of David's Church and long time DCJD member, for the excellent presentation.

A Summary of Rev. Bill Youngkin’s Presentation

What Protestant Worship Is all About?’

April 13, 2003 

Bill Youngkin chose to focus on Protestant worship in the Reformed tradition. Other worship traditions within Protestantism include liturgical, free church, and the evangelical-Pentecostal tradition. Reformed worship originated with Ulrich Zwingli, a contemporary of Martin Luther, in Zurich, Switzerland, and was more fully developed by John Calvin in Geneva. Protestant worship services often reflect a blend of all four worship traditions.

Reformed worship is preparation for service and mission, just as God’s holiness unfolds through compassion in the theophany of Moses on Mt. Sinai. The Call which Isaiah experiences in the Temple, recorded in Isaiah 6, serves as the model for worship. There are four movements in it: adoration & praise, confession, proclamation of God’s Word, and commitment.

Adoration & praise is expressed in songs and psalms, focusing on the holiness of God. Confession is both public and private and leads to purification, reconciliation, & peace.  Proclamation is centered in the sermon, so that the contemporary Word of God may be heard. Commitment involves the offering of resources, prayers, and Communion, known also as Lord’s Supper, and Eucharist. In the Reformed tradition there is more concern about the congregation being energized as the Body of Christ than the living presence of Christ being found in the elements of Communion.

The worship service usually ends with a charge and a blessing in the Benediction.

Hymn-singing is the heart-and-soul of Protestant worship. It pervades all movements in the service, because it is said, “whoever sings once prays twice.”_



LITURGICAL                  REFORMED                  FREE CHURCH             EV - PENTECOSTAL

Mass - liturgy                Ordered by Word           Christ-centered              Spirit-driven

Prayerbook                    Preaching                      Heart to heart                Altar Call

Congr Active                  Listen/Respond              Spontaneity                   Speaking in Tongues     


ISAIAH 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3And one called to another and said:

Holy! Holy! Holy! Is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory.

4The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5And I said: Woe is me! For I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!

6Then one of the seraphs flew to me holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out. 8The I heard the voice of the Lord saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? And I said, Here I am send me? 


Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he that made us, and we are his;

we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his steadfastness endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.



Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.

Holy! Holy! Holy! Merciful and Mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy! Holy! Holy! All the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,

which wert, and art, and ever more shalt be.

Holy! Holy! Holy! Though the darkness hide thee,

though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,

only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty!

All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.

Holy! Holy! Holy! Merciful and Mighty! God in three persons, blessed Triniity!


Go forth into the world in peace.

 Be of good courage.

 Hold fast to that which is good;

  and render to no person evil for evil.

Strengthen the faint-hearted; support the weak;

  help the afflicted.

   Honor all people.

 Love and serve God,

 rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Grace of our Savior Jesus Christ be with us all._

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