Psalm 100:2 tells us to "Come into his presense with singing!" So we begin our worship by entering into his presence with a hymn of adoration. We "enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!"
A brief exhortation to focus our attention on why we are assembled, and to encourage sincere participation in the Service.
There is then a responsive greeting. The pastor and congregation exchange greetings all centered on the exaltation and praise of the Triune God.
Call to Worship
The formal call to worship is reflective of God’s call to mankind generally, and his people specifically, to worship him. God created man to be in relationship with him, and the proper response from man to God is to worship him. Typically from the Psalms, the call goes out for everyone assembled to worship God as Creator, Savior and Lord. The pastor says, “Come, let us worship the Lord together.” The congregation responds, “Blessed be the name of the Lord” signifying agreement that it is right to worship the One who is worthy of our worship.
Collect for Purity
A collect is a kind of prayer, and the Collect for Purity is a prayer that Our Lord would cleanse the thoughts of our hearts, that we might enter into worship rightly.