I think all of us know that worship and prayer are so much more than the times and spaces we engage together on a Sunday morning. We want to be aware of God's glory, goodness, and presence as much as possible. We want to respond to him always with thanks, honour, and praise, and by presenting our needs and desires before him.
I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.
I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.
At all times. Constantly. This is fostering a LIFE of worship. Much of this happens individually, as we discipline ourselves to seek God and grow in faith. But as David writes, there is great purpose in joining together and sharing in the greatness of God.
I want to invite you to a special time of community prayer and worship on February 26th at 7PM, in the foyer. It's entitled, "Lift," and comes from the phrase, "let us exalt," found in Psalm 34:3. Lord willing, we will have three of these "Lift" events throughout the year to bring the church together to pray and be unified in Christ's glory. The focus of this first gathering will centre around waiting on God and preparing our hearts for the great work of Christ. This time is particularly special as it marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Whether you observe Lent as a spiritual practice or not, I would encourage everyone to come and make room in your hearts as we exalt God's name together.