Getting Ready

November 26, 2021

Exodus 33.7-11

Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.

Moses goes to speak to God and the people come out and worship.  They wait with anticipation for Moses to come out and bring God’s words to them.  They are in worship and prayer as Moses hears from God for them.

We spend time together in worship as the church.  Different people lead parts of worship in different portions.  Pastors preach. But we have musicians leading us in praises.  We have leaders who take our children in a time of worship for them.  We have people who lead us with the use of the technology.  We have had others offer prayers and readings, yet those have not restarted yet since COVID. 

As they prepare each week we can prepare ourselves for worship.  And we can also ask God to work in their hearts and minds, asking the Spirit to move in those who will lead us.  Asking God to give wisdom and grace as they offer words, encouragements, prayers, songs to be used by us all in worship.  We have today and tomorrow to pray for those who will be leading us in our places of worship.  We have opportunity each week to pray that God will be moving in those who lead, and all of us who worship, to move us as his people to praise, to worship and to go out in service each week.

Be prepared to hear the words of God and ask that other be prepared to offer those words.  We are not simply being led, we are encouraging those who bring words of encouragement, praying for those who pray for us, caring for those care for us and with us.  Holding each other up in the hands of God that we may hear God and follow God together.

SongSpeak, O Lord


God of Jesus Christ, give us a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Christ, so that the eyes of our hearts might be enlightened.  Help us to know the hope to which you have called us, the riches of the glorious inheritance in the saints, and the immeasurable greatness of your power at work in us.  Through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

—based on Ephesians 1:17-19, NRSV

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