Why Do We Do That in Worship? – The Prelude
Taken with permission from Christ Church Presbyterian, Evans, GA.
“The Lord is in His holy temple, let all the earth be silent before Him.” Habakkuk 2:20
Perhaps the most easily overlooked element of our worship service is the instrumental prelude. After all, the service hasn’t really gotten underway yet and the very name suggests that it’s not really a part of the service to come, but more like the preface to something important. Besides, if we don’t say “hello” to each other during the prelude, we might not have a
chance to do so after the benediction, right?
But wait! While the prelude is less important than the reading of Scripture,
the singing of hymns and the preaching of the Word, it serves an important purpose in our preparation for worship. Habakkuk 2:20 says, “The Lord is in His holy temple, let all the earth be silent before Him.” When does that silence descend on God’s gathered people? During the prelude. These brief moments before the service begins help us to “come into His presence with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise” (Psalm 100).
If you’re used to entering the sanctuary when the meeting between God and His people is already well underway, make it a point to be in your seat a few moments before worship begins next Sunday. During the prelude ask the Lord to inhabit your praises, to empower the preaching, to enrich the singing, and to send His compelling Word out into our community through the congregation of Christ Community Church (PCA). Then see if He will not “open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10). Amen.