Preparing for Congregational Worship
Psalm 84:1-2 talks about the longing heart of a worshiper to worship in God’s presence with God’s people. The Psalmist says, “How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty. My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God.”
One of the ways we can cultivate this kind of yearning and passion for God when we come together on Sunday mornings is by preparing our hearts to worship ahead of time. We’ve put together a number of resources to help you prepare either on Saturday night or Sunday morning. Anything from a guide to confessing sin, to meditating on Scripture, to reading a devotional from great spiritual thinkers.
These resources are simple ways to start pursuing God in a more intentional way. Don’t feel like you need to try everything all at once. Just pick one resource a week and begin to engage with God.
Lectio Divina (Latin for “Divine Reading”) is a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s word.
A morning prayer is a wonderful way to focus your time and attention on seeking God’s plan for the day ahead.
Prayer of Confession
Common Daily Prayers
Common Prayer is a tapestry of daily prayers inviting faith communities from around the world to pray, sing, and act together.
Praying The Lord's Prayer Slowly
The Lord’s Prayer, the “Our Father,” is the most important prayer in the Christian faith. When his disciples asked to be taught how to pray, this is the prayer Jesus gave them:
Wesley's Directions for Singing
“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live” (Psalm 104:33).
Prayer of Examen
The Examen: A Daily Prayer. St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen is an opportunity for peaceful daily reflective prayer.
The key text for defining spiritual disciplines is 1 Timothy 4:7, which says, ” … discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness … ” (NASB).
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Prayer changes everything
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