Preparing for a Worship Service

Ecclesiastes 5:1 states, “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong”. This causes us to think about how we prepare for worship. In Jewish practice, and the way God set things up, their Sabbath started on Friday at sundown. I wonder how we might begin to prepare for worship the night before our Sunday worship? This seems like it merits consideration, lest we “offer the sacrifice of fools”.

Then, I think there is preparation that can take place on Sunday morning, prior to coming to the worship service. Often Sunday morning can be hectic, and even, tense. If we did some preparation prior to coming to church, maybe it would set us in the right frame of mind to bring our sacrifices of praise to the King of Kings.

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Finally, I think we would enhance our worship by making worship a daily and life-long practice and not just a Sunday morning experience. Our corporate worship is impacted by our personal worship and how we prepare our hearts for worship.

Someone has said, “Worship begins in the heart, not on the lips”. There is good reason to prepare ourselves for worship.

Steve Nehlsen