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.

Let us ascend with the saints to draw near and worship the risen Lord, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


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