Articles on Worship

Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Psalm 60:4
The Regulative Principle – by Rev. H. Cartwright
The words of the title [The Regulative Principle] are not taken from Scripture, but it is a shorthand way of identifying a principle which is Scriptural and has great implications for the whole of Christian life, for the life of the Church as an institution in the world, and particularly for its worship
Bible Translations – by Rev. K. Watkins
The Bible in the pulpit was not the faithful Authorised or King James Version (AV), for in the AV, the version that we always use in our English services, that verse reads clearly and fully: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one”
The Authorised Version – The Enduring Legacy – by Rev. H. Cartwright
Third, biblical illiteracy has accompanied the decline of the King James Bible… The very proliferation of translations has discouraged the Christian public from seeking to know what the Bible actually says.
The Rev. Dr. John Kennedy, Dingwall, on Hymns
A manual of praise there must be; there is no necessity for a manual of prayer or preaching. An inspired manual of praise is needed. This could he shown from the nature of the service, and is proved by the fact that the Lord once gave it. This service is the most spiritual, and therefore the most difficult of all.
Why Psalms Only – by Prof. R. George D.D.
They were used exclusively in the great revivals in the days of Hezekiah, Josiah, Ezra and Nehemiah. The same was true in the revival at Pentecost when three thousand were converted in one day. The period of the Reformation was a grand revival period, and it was a glorious revival of psalm-singing. The Calvinistic Reformers used them exclusively
The Singing of Psalms – by John Brown of Haddington
No part of the Christian worship is more plainly warranted by the oracles of God than the ordinance of Singing of Psalms.
Inspired Psalmody – by Rev. Henry Bazely
I wish to state to you, dear brethren, my reasons for the practice, which I have constantly fallowed since I became your minister, of choosing our songs of praise to Almighty God exclusively from the book of Psalms.
Is Instrumental Music Justifiable in the Public Worship of the New Testament Church – by Rev. D. Beaton
It is to be carefully observed that in the Tabernacle service, until the time of David, there was no instrumental music. Moses received the minutest instructions from God as to the furniture and order of service in the Tabernacle, but there is no hint as to instrumental music.
Musical Instruments in Worship – by Rev. K. Watkins
But it is strange indeed, that Churches of Presbyterian or Dutch Reformed heritage should fall prey to the use of musical instruments. These Churches claim to believe in the regulative principle: that only what Scripture positively requires should be brought into worship.
John Calvin on Church Music
With respect to the tabret, harp, and psaltery, we have formerly observed, and will find it necessary afterwards to repeat the same remark, that the Levites, under the law, were justified in making use of instrumental music in the worship of God
A Head-Covering in Public Worship –  By Rev. T. Brown
I Corinthians 11, 13 – ”Is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?” The question is often asked – Does this passage of Scripture require that women present at a service of worship and prayer today are required by God to wear a hat or some kind of head covering?
Standing at Prayer – by Rev. H.C.B. Bazely
Two postures during prayer are recommended by precept and example in Holy Scripture – namely, standing and kneeling
A Communion Season in Ross-shire, Scotland – by John Kennedy D.D.
A Communion season is approaching.  It has been timeously announced, that it may be known “far and wide,” and that the praying people may be bearing it on their spirits before the throne of grace.
The Friday Fellowship Meeting – by Rev. J.P. MacQueen
These truly exercised Christian soldiers were men who had to battle, not only with flesh and blood, but with doubts, fears, misgivings, and questioning of the reality of their being in a state of grace, which was indispensably necessary to their being in a state of glory hereafter, hence the importance, if not the necessity, of the institution of the Friday Fellowship Meeting. 
The Fellowship Meeting and the Men – by Rev. James Macleod
Can any other cause or reason be given why the people are so apathetic towards the Friday ”Fellowship Meeting”? In former days the ”men” were highly respected for their godliness, piety, witness-bearing on the side of the Lord in the home, congregation, and their walk and conversation was in strict accordance with their profession.
The Fellowship Meeting – by Rev. H. Cartwright
The Fellowship or Question Meeting has long been associated with communion seasons, as well as being held at other times in some congregations. It is a public and more regulated form of that speaking one with another which should characterise those who fear the Lord and think upon His name when they meet in a private way (Mal 3:16)
Why Fast Day – by Rev A. MacPherson
As some may not fully understand why the Thursday of a Communion is called the Fast Day, it may be helpful to consider the subject and see how appropriately the name describes a day set apart for humbly confessing our sins to God as part of the preparation needed for remembering the death of Christ worthily.
Fencing the Lord’s Table – by Jonathan Edwards
Westminster Confession, Catechisms, and Directory, which debar all ignorant and ungodly persons from the Lord’s table, and require everyone to examine himself, not only as to his knowledge, but also his faith, repentance, love, new obedience, etc.
Family Worship – by Rev A. Beaton
Adam and Eve in a state of innocence, without a doubt, worshipped God, and what can we call this but the origin of family worship in the world. After the fall it is evident that family worship must have been the only form of worship addressed to God, as the earth still remained to be peopled