Opening Prayer

A Prayer in Preparation for Worship

Almighty and loving God, we bless you for the sheer privilege of joining freely with others to hear your word, receive your sacrament, and sing your praise.  Free us from the temptation to worship worship.  Help us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.  Send your Holy Spirit, we pray, to encourage, challenge, and correct us, that we leave equipped to be faithful servants in your church, through the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Amen.