We have three very different styles of worship each Sunday. Only at our 9 am service do I write my prayers out in advance. It just seems like the thing to do for the most traditional of our services. Occasionally I will get asked for a copy of my “morning prayer”. Yesterday was one such day. Here it is for the one who asked, and also for you:
God, this thing we do each week called worship is important. It has to be important because you’ve told us to do it. And we trust that you know what’s best for us whether we are capable of grasping the reasons or not. But it’s really not that hard to grasp. You are the Creator. We are the created. So it only makes sense that we pause from our daily routines at least once a week to acknowledge that. You are great and good and worthy of every praise we can lift to you. We are sinners who have been forgiven; we are lost souls who have been found; we would be throwing away our one and only chance at life if not for you and your amazing grace and mercy and your persistent love that never gives up on us. That’s the truth about you. That’s the truth about us. So it’s important at least once a week to be reminded of that truth and to say “yes” to you and “no” to anything and everything that gets in the way of saying “yes” to you. That’s what worship is. That’s why it’s important. That’s why we’re here. Because you are here, and being here this morning helps us see you not just here in church but in all our many and varied experiences between Sundayworship services. We see you in the incredible beauty of nature. We see you in that helpless, hurting soul we will meet this week who needs the touch of your love. God, may your love flow through us and to that one. We all are that one. We all need you. We all have been found by you. How can we not worship you? Through Christ, who taught us when we pray to say, “Our Father, who art in heaven . . . Amen.”
Why is worship important to you? I would love to hear your thoughts. And by the way, worship is not just for Sunday. You can even worship on Monday! So wherever you are right now, why don’t you just say a quick prayer?