We live in a sad world. We turn on our tv’s or read the paper and we are confronted with a barrage of images that can devastate our moods. In some ways, the Lord’s Day worship is the antidote to a sad world. The world of the Church provides a model for joy that ought to be then perpetuated in our lives as we go back to our homes and labor. The reason the Church is so crucial in the plans of God is because she is the instrument of joy God uses to rescue the world from her perpetual sadness. This is why God is so gracious to host us this morning. He does this not out of pity, but out of love. In fact, God is guided by the attribute of love as He considers His children, and such love brings us together this morning.
Let us prepare our hearts:
Most merciful God, we thank you for hosting us and for showing your favor to us as your people, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.