Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. Psalm 95:1-3 (ESV)
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the Day of his return is drawing near. Heb. 10:25 (NLT)
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 (NIV)
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the calling, privilege, and importance of corporate worship. We desire to give you, the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit the worship of which you are alone worthy.
Feed our minds with your Word; fill our hearts with your praise; empower our singing by the gospel. May we gather, not as selfish consumers, looking to be pleased; but as true worshipers, longing to be consumed with your glory and grace.
Buckle our knees with your beauty; heal us in the broken places of our stories; and restore to us the joy of our salvation. May our guests know your welcoming heart and non-believers experience the wonders of your love.
We pray for those who lead us in your worship, and those who bring us your Word. Theirs is a great stewardship and responsibility. May the gospel be powerful in their hearts and fresh on their lips. May they see and savor Jesus, that we might do the same. Free them to honor and glorify you, and lead them as they love and serve us.
Father, through our corporate worship, we pray you will be blessed, revealed, and magnified; and that we will be humbled, gladdened and transformed. As we lift Jesus up, we trust you to draw the nations in and send us for on mission. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ loving and worship-worthy name.