Preparing for Worship

Preparing for worship on the Lord’s Day is a lost practice, and a lost art. Because people have such a low view of the Lord’s Day and of corporate worship, they do not think about the need to prepare ahead of time. Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 at least implicitly demands preparation: “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” The Jews were called to prepare for the Sabbath day (Ex. 16:22, 25-26, 29); to “remember the Sabbath” in large part means “Don’t let the Sabbath take you by surprise – prepare for it each week – know that it is coming – be looking forward and getting ready for it each day, particularly the day before.” Indeed, the Jews called the day before the Sabbath “the day of Preparation” (Luke 23:54-56).

One of the best ways to prepare for worship is to prayerfully study and work through the bulletin for the coming Lord’s Day. Grace Presbyterian Church will soon begin posting them each week on our website before the worship service. Practically speaking, if it is at all possible for you in light of your calling, at some point on Saturday evening (the earlier the better), end the labors of the work week and turn your attention to the Lord’s Day. Pray for the preaching of the word, and for its blessing in your life and the lives of all who hear. Ask God to give you a heart to worship Him in Spirit and in truth, to make you attentive, to keep you from distractions, to feed you and to enable you to be satisfied in Him alone. Read the text the preacher will be preaching from. Learn the hymns that might be unfamiliar. Get good rest before the Lord’s Day, so that you will be fresh to worship God. This is the most important day of the week, and it deserves our best. Our Savior deserves our best.

SDG

SDG

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