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Called to Worship

What does it mean to be “called to worship?” Following a week to be forgotten, a pastor stepped to the pulpit at the beginning of the Sunday worship service and proclaimed, “I’ve had a terrible week and I don’t feel like calling you to worship, so why don’t you call yourselves to worship.” After a stunned silence, someone shared a passage of Scripture, another prayed. Finally someone began singing a familiar song. Others joined in. Eventually, they were worshipping. Are you called to worship because someone with authority announces it; or because you enter a place of worship; or because it is the appointed time for worship? What constitutes a “call to worship”? Jesus told a well-side woman, “The hour is coming . . . when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him” (John 4:23). Bottom line: the Lord is calling to worship, those who sincerely desire to worship the Father with integrity. Times, places and methods are secondary.

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