Holy Bible tells us that we are created to glorify the living God, to enjoy him, and to find our life in him. We gather together on Lord’s Day, set our hearts upon God, listen to His Word, fed at His table and praise Him through singing Psalms and Hymns in our native languages (Psalter: Sialkot Convention Geet Ki Kitab سیالکوٹ کنونشن گیت کی کتاب).
Since the beginning, Christians have conducted dignified and God-centered worship on the Lord’s Day. Over the centuries, certain elements were found to be indispensable to properly worship God. These elements were codified in what became known as “liturgy.”
Liturgy helps us focus on Christ and His glory. It places an abundance of Scripture before the worshiper, taking his mind off man. By having a liturgy, the Christian becomes a participant in the worship of God, hearing and responding to Him, instead of being a mere observer. It gets our focus off this world and gives us hope for the next. It ties the Old and New Testament texts together, showing the promises in the Old, and their fulfillment in the New.
Liturgy comforts believers by
- Declaring that God’s Law has been satisfied by Christ’s life, crucifixion, and resurrection,
- Proclaiming that Christ’s righteousness has been credited to the believer; and
- Reminding the believer weekly of God’s gracious pardon of sins, and the sinner’s adoption as God’s child.
Liturgy does not offer this comfort to everyone, but only for the believer. The unbeliever discovers that he is not right with God and that the Law still condemns him. This is used by the Holy Spirit to bring the sinner to repentance.