Men worship, not when they listen to preaching, not when they are attentive to the form and fashion of music, not when they are thinking of a table upon which the emblems are spread; but when they pass through the preaching, and when they pass beyond the emblems, and when they are face to face with God.~Dr.Campbell Morgan
Let us come “face to face with God” as we bow before Him in silent, directed prayer:
Let us beseech God to cleanse us from our unrighteousness, to purify us from the sins which possess us, to overrule our failures, our shortcomings, our faithlessness.
Let us offer ourselves to God, wholly acceptable unto Him, that He may use us more completely as channels of His grace. Let us look straight into the eyes of Jesus Christ and see there what it means to be made whole, to be made perfect, to become complete in Him.
Let us remember His broken body and His shed blood that God’s throne of grace may be made accessible to each of us, that being imperfect in our efforts, we may become perfect through our faith in him.
O Lord, our God, grant us grace to desire thee with our whole heart; that so desiring we may seek and find thee; and so finding thee may love thee; and loving thee, may hate those sins from which thou hast redeemed us. ~Anselm 1109