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Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling. - Zechariah 2:13

We have begun the use of the Lutheran Service Book and so have started afresh in our worship together. The musical setting is similar to what we have used before. Other things we are now sharing may be newer to us, although worship in itself is always the same in essence when directed to the true God and Savior.

Early English gave us the word worship, which is related to the word, “worth”. Our worship then is truly “worth-ship” as worthiness, respect and reverence are all due solely to our God. As we continue to share the privilege of worship may the Lord give his aid as

we endeavor to show the honor and worth our saving Lord deserves!

The prophet records the words, “Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.” In the presence of our great and gracious God we may enter with reverence as we pray, sing and prepare to share together. We might even take time for silence itself.

There is both pre-service and prelude music as we take time to prepare in prayer. Our service also concludes with a brief silence as we give prayerful thanks and prepare to leave on our way! An announcement is now printed atop the first page of our bulletins to aid in our preparation for weekly worship. It reads, “As we gather for this service let us take time to lay aside our thoughts of other things as we prayerfully prepare for the worship of our Lord.”

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