I wanted to share these words from songwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty:
At the onset of a worship gathering, it is vital that both the worship team and the congregation understand that we come as an act of God’s grace by invitation of God Himself.
Worship is not something that we conjure up ourselves and invite God to attend, but rather, worship only happens by God’s invitation, which He issued in the blood of His Son. When we gather together, there is a very real sense in which we are joining the mighty chorus of angels, those who have gone before us, and indeed those that will come behind to lift up the name of Jesus and respond to the redemptive acts of God in Christ. It is not we, then, who call upon God to join our gathering, but instead it is God who calls us to join in a chorus of worship that has been going on since before creation and will continue into eternity, to which we have been granted perfect access because of the priestly work of Christ.
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:19-25).