At the onset of a worship gathering, it is vital that both the worship team and the congregation understand that we come as an act of God?s grace by invitation of God Himself. 

Worship is not something that we conjure up ourselves and invite God to attend, but rather, worship only happens by God's invitation, which He issued in the blood of His Son. When we gather together, there is a very real sense in which we are joining the mighty chorus of angels, those who have gone before us, and indeed those that will come behind to lift up the name of Jesus and respond to the redemptive acts of God in Christ. It is not we, then, who call upon God to join our gathering, but instead it is God who calls us to join in a chorus of worship that has been going on since before creation and will continue into eternity, to which we have been granted perfect access because of the priestly work of Christ (Hebrews 10:19-25). 

An additional critical component when considering the first elements of the gathering time is helping people to see the transcendence, or the grandeur, of God. While it is absolutely true that God is near to all who call upon His name (Psalm 145:18), it is important to first understand the Holiness and manifold perfections of God as we experience the incredible immanence he provides, and the depth of His Gospel story. This is the framework of Romans 11:33-36, which then leads to the statement in chapter 12, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercy of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." 

As those who lead our people each week, let us endeavor to help our congregations see the greatness of God as we enter into corporate worship. 

Follow this link for songs that will point your congregation to the glory of God! 


The Getty Team

Zach White