An element of worship we treasure at Grace Fellowship Church is the Call to Worship. This is the element at the beginning of the service that is essentially a declaration that we are now beginning something special, something different from everything else we will experience through the week. As we explicitly call people to worship, we implicitly call them from other activities, other concerns, other responsibilities. Sometimes these calls to worship are spoken by the pastor and sometimes, as below, they are responsive. Here’s one from a recent service that I particularly enjoyed.
Leader: Who have we come to worship?
All: The great and mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds. (Jeremiah 32:18-19)
Leader: Why should we worship Him?
All: Our Lord and God is worthy, to receive glory and honour and power, for He created all things, and by His will they existed and were created. (Revelation 4:11)
Leader: Shouldn’t we be afraid to approach such a great God?
All: The tax collectors and sinners all drew near to hear Jesus. (Luke 15:1)
Leader: So we may come before Him with confidence?
All: There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
Leader: What shall we say to our great Redeemer and Saviour?
All: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing! (Revelation 5:12)