On Family Worship

“Family worship, which Family-Worshipought to be performed by every family, ordinarily morning and evening, consists in prayer, reading the Scriptures, and singing praises. The head of the family, who is to lead in this service, ought to be careful that all the members of his household duly attend; and that none withdraw themselves unnecessarily from any part of family worship; and that all refrain from their common business while the Scriptures are read, and gravely attend to the same, no less than when prayer and praise are offered up.”
(American) Directory for Worship, chap. 15.

Some time ago I gave the following study on the Why, What, How, and When of Family Worship stressing its vital importance for the religious instruction of children. I believe that, along with prayer, there is literally nothing more important you can do for your children than to regularly worship with them at home. Of all the forms of worship (corporate, family, and personal) I believe this is form is the most in need of revival within the American church. Since we are beginning a new year, if you haven’t already done so, I want to recommend you commit yourself to starting the diligent practice of family worship in your own home. I hope this study will help to explain why and how!


About Andrew Webb

Andrew James Webb, Pastor Providence PCA, Fayetteville NC. Born: July 29, 1969 Rochford, Essex England Education: MA Modern History, St. Andrews University, Fife, Scotland, 1991 M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA, 2001 Personal Details: Husband of Joy Webb, Father of Margaret (6), Victor (5), Graham (3) and Isabel (10 Mos.) Secular Work History: Upon graduation from University, I returned to the United States and worked for two Madison Ave Advertising Firms in copy writing and advertising space sales. After moving to Northern Virginia, I went into computing. I worked as a Systems Administrator in Washington D.C. for both the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) (a legal publishing firm,) and the International Republican Institute. Experience: Licensed by Potomac Presbytery, May 1997 and Philadelphia Presbytery in 1999. From 1998 to 2001 I did a three year apprentice/internship under Dr. Mark Herzer while working with the Christ Covenant church plant in Hatboro, PA. Ordained as an RE at Christ Covenant PCA in 2000 and as a TE by Central Carolina in 2001 when I was called to be the Organizing Pastor for Providence PCA Mission, Cross Creek PCA's church plant in Fayetteville, NC (home to Ft. Bragg and Pope Airforce Base). In 2005 when the Providence PCA Particularized I was blessed to be called by the congregation to be their Pastor. Presbytery Committees: Assistance and Membership (Philadelphia), Candidates (Central Carolina), Nominations (Central Carolina) GA Committees: Bills and Overtures, Covenant Theological Seminary Other: I have had a number of my essays on theological topics published including What is the Reformed Doctrine of Divorce? and Five Reasons Not To Go See The Passion of the Christ Why I Don't Have an English Accent: I don't have an English accent because my parents moved to New Jersey when I was six!
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One Response to On Family Worship

  1. Jon H. says:

    Would you point out the verses that direct family worship. I’ve long agreed that worship consists of scripture, prayer, and praise. But these can be, and frequently are, personal or small group activities. Isaiah 58 seems to speak directly to the nature of the worship and devotion that God desires. This kind of activity is what we see Christ doing in the Gospels–He reflects the worth of the Godhead continually. I’m thinking that while scripture, prayer, and praise are good and right, they are only part of what God desires.

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