Here’s a contemplative call to worship that invites worshippers to approach God and engage in worship with both heart and mind. The biblical texts used (CEB) are 1 Cor. 14:15 and John 4:23-24.
Reflect on the words of the Apostle Paul from 1 Corinthians 14:15: “What should I do? I’ll pray in the Spirit, but I’ll pray with my mind too; I’ll sing a psalm in the Spirit, but I’ll sing the psalm with my mind too.”
Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Perhaps we’ve joined this assembly today because we desire that our hearts be stirred by your Spirit; help us also to be open to the renewal of our minds by your Word.
Perhaps we’ve come to this place with the expectation that we will experience your presence through music that touches our hearts; help us also to be open to a divine encounter through thoughtful engagement with every aspect of worship, even those that don’t particularly “move” us.
Jesus told us, “But the time is coming—and is here!—when true worshippers will worship in spirit and truth. The Father looks for those who worship him this way. God is spirit, and it is necessary to worship God in spirit and truth.” And so today we desire to worship you in our spirits and with our minds—truly, to know you and love you with all that we are and all that we have. We bring you our hearts: touch them. We bring you our minds: transform them—all this by your Spirit and your Word, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.