The Call to Worship

Worship services often begin with something called, “A Call to Worship.” It may be a simple Scripture reading. It may be a short devotional. It may be a prayer of invocation. At any rate, it is a time for summoning the people of God to come and worship the Lord.

I love the reminder that Harold Best gives, “There can be only one call to worship, and this comes at conversion.” In other words, when we are saved from our sins, we are summoned to worship Him who saved us. This is the great call of our lives: to join with every creature saying “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever” (Revelation 5:13).

So, when believers in Christ gather for worship each week, this “Call to Worship” might be better labeled, “calls to continuation of worship” (Harold Best, Music Through the Eyes of Faith [New York: HarperOne, 1993], 147).

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