It is not an uncommon criticism of Reformed and Presbyterian worship that it too much reflects the artifacts of European culture. And to some extent these criticisms may well obtain, though they may better obtain with regard to mainline and broadly evangelical churches which prize being culturally relevant in the hopes of gaining an audience among their neighbors.
But as Terry Johnson has recently sketched out in a New Horizons article, a meaningful attempt to be “Reformed according to Scripture” hopefully looks less like a grasp at cultural relevance and more like an attempt to worship God as he has commanded in his Word. One example Johnson uses is the tradition of preaching lectio-continua—the practice of reading and preaching through a book in sequence over a period of time in order to allow the text to reveal itself more naturally. This practice actually finds its roots in Jewish religion and was adopted by the Christian church as a continuation of orthodox worship. In which case, to witness and experience this form of preaching is less Eurocentric than it is Jewish in character. Says Johnson:
These early non-European Christians gave to us the formative examples of straight-forward, text-driven expository preaching. The decision to preach text-driven, lectio continua, verse-by-verse sermons is not a decision to preach like Europeans, but a decision to preach after the model of the best of the Christian tradition.
Preaching lectio-continua is the practice at Reformation OPC, as are the other traits Johnson summarizes in his article: psalm singing, sacraments, prayer, and simplicity. Some have described corporate worship and the primary good work of both the church collective and her singular members. We warmly welcome all who would seek to worship God as he has called us to worship him, making diligent use of these elements in Spirit and in truth. Please also see our “Worship” tab for examples of what worship at ROPC looks like.