H. Max Smith, an organist and Artist in Residence, leads the congregation in worship through songs, congregational readings, and prayer. He spends some time sharing about the role of music in worship (10:16-end).
The service begins with the reading of John 4:23-24 and prayer (00:00-01:35), followed by a time of confessional prayer, (02:34-03:47) prayers of thanksgiving, (03:48-05:33) and prayers for the seminary community (05:34-07:22). Next follows a responsive reading of Selection 30 entitled “God our Security” (07:23-09:21) and congregational worship (09:22-13:02). There is no introduction for H. Max Smith, but he was Associate Professor of Music and an organist and artist in Residence (13:03-13:16). He begins by reading Hebrews 10:19-25 (13:17-14:17). His message centers on the relationship between the Church in the world and the Church in worship (14:18-16:20). Worship does not consist either in acts of service or in liturgical praise to God, but in both of these (16:21-17:39). We must worship because it our duty as God’s children to glorify His name (17:40-18:28). It is in worship that we find our being or value before God (18:29-19:28). Also, corporate worship allows believers to gather a sort of “inner strength” (18:30-21:50). He ends his message by saying that in worship we gather a sense of direction and purpose for our ministry to the world (21:51-23:12). He closes the service in prayer (no audio of prayer) and worship (23:13-25:33).