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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 52 : Public Prayer

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52-1. It is proper to begin the public worship in the sanctuary with the Doxology followed by a short prayer, in which the minister shall lead the people, humbly adoring the infinite majesty of the living God, expressing a sense of our distance from Him as creatures, and our unworthiness as sinners; and humbly imploring His gracious presence, the assistance of His Holy Spirit in the duties of His worship, and His acceptance of us through the merits of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is appropriate that this prayer
conclude with the Lord’s Prayer in which all may unite.

[DIGEST: The current text dates to 1975 [M3GA, 3-69, p. 81] and remains unchanged from that time.]

ANTECEDENT TEXTS:
PCA 1975, 53-1, M3GA, 3-69, p. 81
It is proper to begin the public worship in the sanctuary with the Doxology followed by a short prayer, in which the minister shall lead the people, humbly adoring the infinite majesty of the living God, expressing a sense of our distance from Him as creatures, and our unworthiness as sinners; and humbly imploring His gracious presence, the assistance of His Holy Spirit in the duties of His worship, and His acceptance of us through the merits of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is appropriate that this prayer
conclude with the Lord’s Prayer in which all may unite.

PCA 1973, Adopted text, DfW, 5-1, M1GA, Appendix, p. 156.
Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, Proposed text,
DfW 5-1, p. 64
It seems very proper to begin the public worship of the sanctuary with the doxology, followed by a short prayer, in which the minister, leading the people, shall ask for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. It is appropriate that this prayer conclude with the Lord's Prayer in which all may unite.

PCUS 1894, DfW, V-1 [§ 296]

It seems very proper to begin the public worship of the sanctuary by a short prayer ; humbly adoring the infinite majesty of the living God ;:expressing ai sense of our distance from him as creatures, and our unworthiness as sinners ; and humbly imploring his gracious presence, the assistance of his Holy Spirit in the duties of his worship, and his acceptance of us through the merits of our Lord and Saviour.Jesus Christ.



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