Saturday, March 17, 2007


As we prepare for worship...

Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who are and were, and are to come: We, who are not worthy of the least of your mercies, humbly present ourselves in your presence. We come to you, our Creator and Redeemer, with honor, adoration, and praise. Enable us by your good Spirit to attend with undistracted minds, with reverence and awe, to the holy duties to which you are calling us today. Allow us, we pray, to come with humble boldness into the holy of holies, by the new and living way into your presence Christ has made ready for us through his sacrifice. Teach us from your word. May we read it with wise and understanding hearts. Prepare us to sing your praises with music in our hearts, and to offer you acceptable worship. Teach us to pray; inspire us with a spirit of devotion; enable us to exercise faith in every moment of our worship. And let all we do be done to the Glory of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one God; and graciously accept us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adapted from the Synod of New York and Philadelphia's 1787 proposed revision of the Directory for Worship.

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