The Directory for Family Worship

An excellent guide for personal and family devotions.

The …’Directory for Family Worship’ is a book of general directions for private, family worship in the Calvinist tradition. While generally approving of the products of the Westminster Assembly (namely, the Westminster Standards), the Church of Scotland viewed it as incomplete without directions for private worship. The Directory was approved by the General Assembly at Edinburgh, Scotland on August 24, 1647, it became, the standard of family worship in the Church of Scotland and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide. In America, for example, it was highlighted in 1733 by the Synod of Philadelphia to seek “some proper means to revive the declining Power of Godliness,” recommended “to all our ministers and members to take particular Care about visiting families, and press family and secret worship, according to the Westminster Directory.”[1]

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  1. ^ Kerry Ptacek (1997). Family Worship – Biblical Basis – Historical Reality – Current Need. Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.



The Lost Art of Family Devotions