“Our public worship should be an extension of our private devotions.”
Before we take our journey into the participants in worship, allow me to take a side road and examine the vast canyon called: The Preparation for Worship. For indeed, before we can have a meaningful worship experience there needs to be preparations made.
There are two areas of preparation that need to be understood.
- The first is the personal preparation. This is when you take the time to get alone with the Lord. All you really need is the Bible, but it would be more meaningful if you had the following items; a pencil, notepad, a commentary, a study guide, and a prayer list. Having soft instrumental music playing may be a distraction or it may help mask the distractions from without.
- Proverbs 16:1 says “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.”
- Ezra is a good example for us to follow as he “prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” (Ezra 7:10)
2. The second area of preparation is that of preparation of corporate worship. When does preparation of corporate worship begin?
- It actually begins as soon as the last corporate worship service ends as we apply the truth we have been exposed to.
- But in a more tangible way it begins as you resume your personal devotional time.
- For the Ministers of Music, our preparation should begin on Monday or as soon as you assemble you song service, for me that means on Monday. The first thing I do is to plan the choir and orchestra rehearsal in which I will be preparing the choir for the next two or three weeks of choir songs (longer if it is a new piece). Then I consult with the pastor to determine the direction of his message the following Sunday (actually I have a list of his proposed messages for the next two months). Then I review my list of choir numbers planned for the month. I have a composite schedule listing the choir numbers and special music for the entire month and that helps to guide the direction for the song service.
- The choir rehearsal and succeeding practices with pull out groups and solos is an ongoing routine as well.
- The final preparation is probably the most important. And that is the time spent on Saturday night reading the upcoming passage of scripture that the pastor will (probably) be preaching from, followed by a good night’s sleep. One real spiritual man once said, “Sometimes the most spiritual thing a person can do is to get a good night’s sleep.”
Preparation of You –2 Chronicles 27:6 “So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.”
Preparation of Your People – 2 Chronicles 35:15 “And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place…for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.”
Preparation of the Service – 2 Chronicles 35:10 “So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king’s commandment.”
Preparation of Your Place of Worship – 1 Chronicles 29:3 “Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God…I have prepared for the holy house.”
In the case of preparing the place of worship there are a lot of factors involved. One factor is whether or not this place is yours or is rented. All things being equal let me mention a few areas you should be aware in order to have a quality worship experience.
Heating and Air conditioning
Hymnals and music
Tuning of your piano
Distribution of the order of the service
This may not be a comprehensive list, but I hope my now you have gotten the idea that “For God is not the author of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
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Have a bless Sunday