Worship Preparation :: Preparing The Heart, The Gifts, The Space, The Lifestyle
Preparation. How do you prepare for corporate worship? Gathering for corporate worship is a spiritual act. In this gathering, we celebrate our private worship, study the Word, remember the sacrifice of Jesus, encourage other believers and give thanks (among other things). Preparation is big. Preparation is important. Preparation is intentional. Here are a couple of definitions that paint a great spiritual picture of the act of preparation:
- The state of having been made ready beforehand; readiness.
- A preliminary measure that serves to make ready for something.
Our team spends a lot of time preparing for these weekend experiences. We take the act of preparation very seriously because we are gathering together before the King of kings and Lord of lords and we want our offering to be authentic and pleasing to Him. We work first to prepare our hearts to be ready to worship, and to lead our church in a dynamic worship experience each weekend. We then prepare our gifts so we sing and play well. We prepare technology to enhance the message of the service and we work to prepare the spaces where we will experience congregational worship.
As we look at preparation, there is a passage in the Bible that really serves as our target as we prepare the services and ourselves each week. It comes from Colossians 3:15-17, which says,
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
How do you prepare for worship? I would really love to hear from you. How do you prepare yourself for corporate worship?