Today we think about the prelude, welcome and announcements. A musical prelude sets the tone for worship. It is the final preparation for the service. When it starts a few minutes before 9:30, we should wrap up conversations and find our seats. This is a courtesy to everyone else trying to prepare to worship the Lord. We need some margin built in to important transitions like this. Habakkuk 2:20 says, “the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” As I thought this through this week, I remembered that for all of my church-going life, there was never anything said between the prelude and the call to worship. The prelude is meant to lead directly in to worship. You see a line between the prelude/announcements and the call to worship. That is to emphasize where gathering ends and formal worship begins.