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“Sow Spiritually to Life Everlasting”: A Thanksgiving Prayer

Since I’ve been posting selections from the Mercersburg liturgies, and since it’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I thought I’d post a prayer of thanksgiving from the 1866 Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. THANKSGIVING FOR HARVEST ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we yield Thee hearty thanks for all thy […]

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“Prepare Me for a Happy End”: A Reformed Guide to Private Devotion (5)

Below is the penultimate installment in the “Guide to Private Devotion” from A Liturgy, or, Order of Christian Worship. It is to be used when one goes to bed. In the view of the authors, going to sleep should be treated as a daily memento mori, a reminder of the inevitability of death. The second […]

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“Feed Our Immortal Souls”: A Reformed Guide to Private Devotion (4)

We come now to the next section in the German Reformed Church’s “Guide to Private Devotion,” a series of helps to remain prayerful and attentive to eternal realities throughout the course of the day. This section deals with the common table–with “saying grace”; and it is recommended to do this both before and after eating. […]

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“This Is the Whole Duty of Man”: A Reformed Guide to Private Devotion (3)

In today’s post we have the next section in the German Reformed Church’s “Guide to Private Devotion,” on the topic of the day’s duties.  Two of the Scripture sentences are from Ecclesiastes, a book that does indeed have much to say about a theology of vocation, including guidance as to how to weigh the ultimate […]

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“Wash Me, Clothe Me, Adorn Me”: A Reformed Guide to Private Devotion (2)

I’m back to help you make all of your life a sacramental tapestry, in this case one you can wear. On Friday, we took a look at the first section of the “Guide to Private Devotion” included at the back of A Liturgy, or Order of Christian Worship. In this post we’ll take a look at […]

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“Dispel from My Soul the Clouds of Darkness”: A Reformed Guide to Private Devotion (1)

A couple of days ago, I posted the Litany from Schaff, Nevin, et al.’s A Liturgy, or, Order of Christian Worship, a book that shows that Reformed Christians have, or at least could have, a rich liturgical and devotional tradition with real and practical, rather than simply rhetorical, connections to the ancient church and the […]

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New Mercersburg Release

Our friend and associate Brad Littlejohn has an exciting new announcement at his blog. The second volume of his Mercersburg Theology Series is out, and it includes a reprint of the eucharistic debate between John Williamson Nevin and Charles Hodge. Be sure to pick up a copy today.

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W. Bradford Littlejohn on Mercersburg

Our friend and collaborator Mr Littlejohn is the general editor of the Mercersburg Theology Study Series, the central project of the Mercersburg Research Fellowship. The first volume, John Williamson Nevin’s The Mystical Presence and the Doctrine of the Reformed Church on the Lord’s Supper, has just been published by Wipf and Stock. The Mercersburg school […]