Preparing for Worship, It’s Not Too Late

I can’t do it, mainly because my job demands it, but I would hope that even it were not demanded by my job I would still do it. I can’t walk into my place of worship without being prepared. The more I am prepared, the more I am ready to hear God speak and the more released I feel to worship with abandon.

That is also my prayer for the congregation where I serve.

Here are some things I have done this week to be prepare for worship:

  • spent time conversing with God, hearing Him speak through His word and in times of quiet prayer
  • took most of one day without the noise of the Internet or television and asking God to speak in the silence
  • reviewed all the songs and other elements that will be used in worship

Its Saturday afternoon and I am still preparing because I want to enjoy God’s presence in Worship and be ready for Him to manifest His presence.

Its Saturday afternoon and it is not too late to prepare for worship.

For the people of the place where I serve here are some specific things you can do to be ready for tomorrow:

  • spend some time in God’s word. The sermon will be based on Genesis 37-50 and these scriptures will be used in worship: Psalm 86:8 and Romans 5:6-8
  • review the songs below so that you can join in with confidence
  • pray for our pastor to have peace about what God has given him to share and boldness to proclaim the truths
  • pray that you would be open to God’s soft voice during worship
  • pray tonight that things will go smoothly around your home tomorrow morning

How do you prepare for Sunday worship?

Songs for Sunday:

The Bible In One Year

One Year BibleOne of the core values at our church is our belief in the Authority of God’s Word. To help our church understand the significance of that value we have committed to spending this year, 2013, walking through the whole Bible.

The reason for this endeavor is for all of us to be exposed to God’s Word as a story of redemption…our redemption…an intentional pursuit by God for our souls, our worship. At the end of this year we hope our congregation has a better understanding of how:

  • The 66 books of the Bible tell one story
  • The theme of  hope and redemption, is repeated in each section

Throughout the year we want

  • to use our readings as conversation starters with Christ-following friends
  • be challenged by our readings to share the Story of Hope with those who do not follow Christ.

We have branded this journey as: The Story: A Chronology of Hope. You can find a link to the chronological reading schedule here and videos of all the sermons on the ClearView website.

Has your church ever read through God’s Word together in one year?

Have you ever read the Bible through in chronological order?

To Share or Not To Share

2013 goalsThe new year has started and many go into the year with a formulated list of goals that will hopefully be accomplished within the next twelve months.

I know some people who make the list and depending on the goal share it with family, co-workers or supervisors.

Then others like to keep the list private.

What is your preference?

Do you feel you are more apt to work toward meeting the goals by publicizing them or keeping them private?

Is your team more productive when they communicate to each other their goals?


Using the Model Prayer

It has been repeated millions of times, but that was not its purpose. Its purpose was to be a model, an outline for prayer. After a hearing a recent sermon dissecting the Lord’s prayer I have been using the ‘model’ as an outline for one of my daily conversations with God. Doing so has kept me more focused and kept everything in perspective. Continue Reading…

Sing A New Song

Sing a new song…a phrase that is repeated in scripture. In the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation we find the phrase five times in the Psalms: 33:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, and 149:1.

How long does it take for a new song to catch on in our services?

The worship planning team is constantly on the lookout for quality new worship songs. Between the time the team finds a new song and then introduces and rehearses it with the musicians and singers and introduces it to the congregation the team has listened to it and/or even sung it many, many times, maybe even close to 50. The team has dissected the words, put the melody and rhythm to memory. They have internalized the song so they are ready for verbalizing it as a part of the act of worship. But can the congregation?

It is my belief that worship leaders Continue Reading…

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