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Aiming to Please — Table of Contents

This new book (published by The Study) should be out soon.  These are the chapter titles:


Part 1 — Principles

Chapter 1 – Setting the Stage:  The Covenant of Grace

Chapter 2 – Calling the Shots: The Reformed Principle of Worship

Chapter 3 – Organizing the Elements: Covenantal Structure and Logic

Part 2 — Ordinary Elements

Chapter 4 – The Introductory Elements

Chapter 5 – A Psalm-Singing Church

Chapter 6 – The Law, Confession of Sin, Assurance of Pardon

Chapter 7 – Preaching

Chapter 8 – Congregational Prayer

Chapter 9 – The Offertory

Chapter 10 – The Closing Elements

Part 3 – Other Elements, Questions, Issues

Chapter 11 – The Sacrament of Baptism

Chapter 12 – The Sacrament of Lord’s Supper

Chapter 13 – The Second Service and Catechism Preaching

Chapter 14 – Profession of Faith

Chapter 15 – Circumstances

Chapter 16 – Musical Accompaniment

Chapter 17 – Days of Commemoration

Chapter 18 – Reformed Worship and Mission

Part 4 — Conclusion

Chapter 19 – Nine Distinctives of Reformed Worship


Appendix 1 – Liturgical Helps

Appendix 2 – Regular Items for Thanksgiving and Intercessory Prayer

Appendix 3 – Supervised Lord’s Supper Celebration Policy

Appendix 4 – Psalm and Hymn Selections Related to the Heidelberg Catechism

Appendix 5 – Psalm and Hymn Selections Related to Days of Commemoration

Coming Soon: Aiming to Please

This new book on worship should be available soon from The Study.  Here are some of the questions the book will address:

  • What difference does covenant theology make for Reformed worship?
  • Do we hold to the Regulative Principle of Worship?
  • What do our confessions say about worship?
  • Do our children belong in the worship service?
  • When and how does the worship service begin?
  • Can someone other than a minister say “you” with the salutation and benediction?
  • Why do we read the Ten Commandments every Sunday?
  • Is there a biblical warrant for singing hymns?
  • Can we sing all the psalms?
  • Should we sing whole psalms or just selected stanzas?
  • Should we pray with uplifted hands?
  • Should the congregation say the votum?
  • Does the pastor lift one hand or two for the salutation?
  • Should the congregation say the “Amen”?
  • Does a sermon need to use words?
  • Can a woman lead in the reading of Scripture in the worship service?
  • Why do we have collection bags?
  • How can we do the offertory in an increasingly cash-less society?
  • Do we need to read the liturgical forms exactly as written?
  • If my neighbour becomes a Christian, can I baptize him in my swimming pool?
  • With baptism, should the sprinkling be done once or three times?
  • Should baptism be done before or after the sermon?
  • How often ought we to celebrate the Lord’s Supper?
  • Should we celebrate the Lord’s Supper at tables or in the pew?
  • Why do we have a supervised Lord’s Supper?
  • Do you need an attestation from a sister church to attend the Lord’s Supper as a guest?
  • Can we use non-alcoholic wine or grape juice for the Lord’s Supper?
  • Can we administer the Lord’s Supper to shut-ins?
  • Why do we worship twice on the Lord’s Day?
  • Is catechism preaching biblical?
  • What is the best way to do catechism preaching?
  • Does church architecture matter?
  • Should the elders sit at the front?
  • Can we use a projector in worship?
  • Doesn’t the Regulative Principle of Worship forbid instruments in worship?
  • Is the organist “a prophet on the organ bench”?
  • Should accompanists receive an honorarium?
  • What about drums in our musical accompaniment?
  • Doesn’t the Regulative Principle of Worship forbid holy days like Christmas?
  • Can we celebrate Christ’s birth on a day other than December 25th?
  • Should we have liturgical seasons of Advent or Lent?
  • Does it make sense to have offerings in a church plant or other mission setting?

Liturgical Resources

I have updated my Liturgical Resources page on this site.  It now features Microsoft Word files of the five appendices for my forthcoming book, Aiming to Please: A Guide to Reformed Worship.  Especially pastors may find these helpful.  They can be freely modified and adapted.