Father, we gather today to worship you. That is our identity not merely an action that we take. We are the people who worship you, O blessed and singular Trinity. Nurture that identity in us. Enter our being as a people and as persons and by your Holy Spirit infuse that true identity deep within us.
Let us taste your goodness and so long for that transforming communion with you. As every person steps out the doors of their homes to come here to worship, place an urgent longing for you in their minds and hearts. I want and ask you for a gathering of worshipers who are inexorably drawn to your presence like iron to a powerful magnet.
Make your gathered people especially receptive to your word and particularly sensitive to your Spirit who speaks especially through your word. Grant all of us a strong sense of encounter with you as we explore your Scripture’s power. And like the swallows in the rafters of the temple, let us make our home there.
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