The first chords of the worship band or the piano prelude ring through the sanctuary, evoking the same anticipation that accompanies the dimming of houselights in a theatre. Well chosen and meaningful, the music sets the stage for what follows. A call to worship, possibly a psalm, and a prayer of invocation wrestle us to our knees before the Creator. There's no mistaking who we have come to worship! The emotive power of song draws us to our feet, joining the congregation in one voice. "When in our music God is glorified," hymn writer Fred Pratt Green acknowledges, "it is as though the whole creation cried." And the transformation, the dramatic metamorphosis of worship, unfolds. And that's only Act I.
Canadian Mennonite Vol. 16 No. 9
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