Open Worship

Guidelines on “Open Worship”

During the Assembly Worship Services on Sundays, we have “Open Worship.”
It is a Brethren distinctive. The focus of Brethren worship service is the Breaking of Bread or the Lord’s Table,

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1Co 11:26 NIV).

“Open Worship” should:

  • lead worshippers to the Breaking of Bread,
  • focus on God’s attributes and God’s works,
  • remember Jesus Christ, especially His death for sinners on the Cross,
  • anticipate the Return of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 16:22b; Rev 22:20).

Some tips on participating in open worship:

1 Before the worship service, prepare.1
2 During worship service, take the cue from hymns and spiritual songs that are sung, and continue to worship God by:

  • reading a relevant portion of Bible, or
  • saying prayers of thanksgiving to God, or
  • reading or leading a hymn or spiritual song, or
  • staying silent and rest in God’s Presence.
3 Who can participate in open worship?

As a "priesthood of all believers" (1 Peter 2:9, 10), anyone who has prepared or who is led by the Spirit.

4 What to avoid?

  • Personal testimony,
  • Teaching or preaching,
  • Sharing of current affairs,
  • Taking more than 5-7 minutes each.
5 You may offer a word of exhortation or encouragement. This can often be done in connection with a Scripture verse and/or a hymn.
1 Some recommended readings can be found in the pew hymn books. A helpful list of bible texts can be obtained from the deacons and elders.

Church Council, Dec 2010