They bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord. Nehemiah 8:6
The Prophet Ezra read from the book to all those gathered together in the square before the Water Gate. It is noted that this gathering took place outside the wall of Jerusalem. It was in a location where any and all were welcomed to gather. No one was excluded.
We are a people of faith who open our doors to welcome into full membership and participation all who profess Jesus as Lord without regard to race, class, or any other distinction.
We join in worship that we might be prepared to serve God wherever we are. As the people of Nehemiah’s day, we bow our heads as an act of adoration of our Holy God. It also indicates our submission to God.
We listen to the reading of God’s Word. We seek understanding and discernment through reflections on this Word. We are all parts of God’s body and recognize our inter-dependence on one another.
It is our prayer that hearing the proclamation of God’s Word will make a difference in our lives; that it will equip us to leave this place of worship prepared to serve others. We do this, not in our own strength or wisdom, but as Luke says, because the Spirit of the Lord is upon us. This equips us to bring good news to all who are open to hear it.
May the presence of the Holy God fill our hearts with joy and peace. Let us go forth to share the good news of God’s redeeming love.