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    Marvin invited Frank to a church service. After attending, Frank told him, "Marvin, in your church everything begins so seriously. In my church our minister usually begins by saying, 'Good morning, everyone! Would you please stand and shake hands with those seated around you this morning?' or something like that. Personally, I think that this more informal approach is much friendlier."

    "Frank, what is the main purpose of a church service?" Marvin asked seriously. "Is it to meet God or other people? Is it a time to be sociable or to worship?"

    "I never looked at it like that," Frank replied thoughtfully.

    Why is the opening sentence of a church service important?

2. The Salutation - The salutation is God's words of greeting to His church as they assemble to worship Him. This greeting is in the form of a benediction which is proclaimed at the beginning of the church service; a second benediction is pronounced at the close of the worship service.

A commonly-used salutation is "Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen." This greeting is taken from Paul's salutations to the churches in His epistles (e.g., Romans 1:8, I Corinthians 1:23, II Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1 :2, Ephesians 1 :2, Philippians 1 :2, Colossians 1 :2b,

The opening sentence of a worship service is both foundational and directional. Why?

  • Salutation - The act of greeting; the words or manner of greeting
  • Benediction - A pronouncement of God's blessing upon the congregation in the Name of the Lord by one of His servants
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