“Exalting God in Worship”Categories: In the Bulletin
We spend a lot of time on worship at Kettering, and rightfully so. It is the focus of our Sunday. It’s the Lord’s Day. It’s Resurrection Day. It’s the day we come into God’s presence, together with the saints, joyfully focusing on our eternal Father, loving Savior, and the Holy Spirit. The wall of separation has been removed and with faith we approach in full access: you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, Hebrews 12.22-24a.
The Psalmist’s call to worship in Psalm 95.1-7a encapsulates this so well. Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. In these verses, we note: 1) how singing facilitates worship, 95.1; Revelation 5.9-10; 2) thanksgiving fuels it, 95.2; 103.1-2; and 3) reverence fosters it, 95.6-7a.
Beginning next Sunday, you’ll notice some changes with the order of our worship service. We’re doing this, not just for the sake of change, but in order to help us draw our hearts even closer to God and to conduct ourselves in a way that might not give our guests a wrong impression. First, let’s think of the time between the morning Bible classes and the beginning of worship. We love to hear the talk and laughter, but we need to examine whether our minds are far away from what we are about to do. We would like to encourage you to use these 10 minutes or so to find your seat and to begin preparing your mind for what is about to happen. Use the time before Bible class and after worship to catch up with how everyone else is doing. And, please save the back pews for our guests so they will not have to hunt for a place to sit.
Next, prior to the service beginning, we’ll start off with a heartfelt welcome to our guests. We want them to feel comfortable among us and to encourage them to join in our worship. From his seat, our song leader will begin our worship service in song. After a second song, we’ll approach our God with a prayer of praise. We will then sing a song of preparation for the Lord’s Supper, observe the Lord’s Supper, and then continue our worship with two more songs. Following that we will ask everyone to stand for the reading of God's word, which is usually tied to the sermon that day. After the sermon is delivered and invitation extended, you will be asked to be seated. Those who assisted in the serving of the Lord's Supper will go to the back of the auditorium and work their way to the front taking up the collection. Once this has been completed, we’ll be led in closing prayer and our worship will conclude. After this, one of our shepherds will provide closing comments and we will be dismissed.
Thank you for being present for and participating in our worship service at Kettering. Each one of you play a vital role in our success and in the reverence we give God each week. May we all realize the wonderful blessing God has given us by being a part of this spiritual family.
— Matthew Allen