Tomorrow, at Graceview, we will have our first in-person, on-site worship service since March 15th. Six months, almost to the day. It’s mind-boggling and unprecedented and just another 2020 reality. I’ve said before that I carry a lot of anxiety into this return to in-person worship. And that is true, but I also know that one of the best cures for anxiety is worshipping well. So, this post is as much for me as it is for you. I need to focus on God. I need to remember that I can trust his strength, his timing, his provision. I need to remember that He goes with me, every moment of every day.
So – let’s get our hearts centred for worship.
Hillsong United is a contemporary worship band. They recorded an album called “Of Dirt and Grace, Live from the Land.” Each song on the album was recorded live at a significant-to-the-life-and-ministry-of-Jesus location in Israel. If I’m not mistaken, this was recorded at the synagogue at Capernaaum:
A prayer to centre us and prepare us for worship:
Though we are not able to sing with our voices indoors right now, I will be encouraging my congregation to sing with their hearts and souls tomorrow (while keeping our mouths closed):
Matt Redman is a music leader and song writer. He’s perhaps best known for the song “Heart of Worship,” which this quote sums up pretty well, even though I don’t know that he was specifically discussing the song when he said this:
Until tomorrow, dear friends, keep on worshipping God!