Scotty Smith’s words are timely preparation for tomorrow.

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the privilege of corporate worship—for the joy of gathering with sisters and brothers to boast in Christ, worship by the Spirit, and receive your Word. Forgive us for presuming on this honor and for coming less than prepared, to give you the worship of which you alone are worthy, as our Triune God.
Thank for you those who will lead us in your worship today. We pray for the singers, musicians, and liturgists. Father, may they serve us as lead worshipers more so than worship leaders. Fill their hearts with a fresh sighting of the beauty of Jesus and give them a keen awareness of the riches of the gospel. Thank you for their preparation; now bless them in their service to us.
Thank your for your servants who will read and preach your Word to us today. Give him focus and freedom, passion and pacing, and faithfulness to the text and joy in Christ. By your Spirit, Father, open us to your Word today and your Word to us. May the gospel come with convicting and humbling power, and with gladdening and transforming grace.
Thank you for the guests and visitors who will gather with us today. May they experience your welcoming heart, the magnificence of your glory, and the riches of your grace. And as we leave the service today—with your benediction and blessing, free us to serve you this week with gladness, in everything we think, say, and do.
So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.

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