We come this morning with a sense of our utter dependence on God to meet with us and supply our needs. Worship presupposes humility. Anyone who enters this worship space with a heart of pride will be utterly disappointed in this God we are worshipping, because God detests the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Worship implies the willingness as dependent creatures to place our souls under the knife of God’s grace that He may cut us by His word and heal us by His power. As we prepare ourselves for worship this morning, the humble will find a loving God, but the proud will be put to shame.
Almighty and everlasting God,
creator of heaven and earth,
who sees into the secret places of our hearts:
make us aware that we stand in your presence when we think and act;
let us not tire of confessing our hidden sins and our tediously repeated failures.
Keep the light of conscience alive in us,
that we might see and love what is good,
prize integrity above success,
and do what we know to be right,
though no-one see us, but you;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.