What’s in a Doxology?
Upon my arrival 18 years ago I learned that one of the longstanding traditions at Marble was that of concluding worship each Sunday by singing the Doxology. Though this custom is not widespread, I thought it was a powerful way to sum up the experience of the preceding sacred hour and to gear up for re-entry into the world as transformed, recharged lights for Christ. In the fall of 1996 it was decided that our singing of the Doxology should follow the collection of the offering, as it does in many other churches. However, those of you who attended worship last Sunday are aware that we have decided to resume this Marble tradition, likely begun under Dr. Peale, of ending with a Doxology as the summation of our worship and the summoning of our witness just before we “depart to serve.”