We do not worship the Lord for His sake, but for our sakes, to welcome Him into our lives. By looking for guidance, we show willingness to live by His laws. By humbling ourselves, we open our minds to His leading. By praise and singing, we acknowledge that all good comes from the Lord.

Worship of the Heart

Title: Worship of the Heart (#45)

In Daniel chapter 3, we can read about three men who were faithful to the Lord and refused to worship an idol, despite being threatened with death in a fiery furnace. The teachings of the New Church tell us that our own rituals are true worship of the heart when they affect how we live our lives.

Praying to the Lord

Title: Praying to the Lord (#9)

Prayers are conversations with our heavenly Father, the Lord God Jesus Christ. They connect us with Him, as we seek for help or offer thanksgiving. The New Church teaches that the Lord's Prayer, given during the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:9-13), is a perfect, complete prayer, containing infinite levels of spiritual meaning.

Keeping the Sabbath

Title: Keeping the Sabbath (#21)

The third commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) tells us that we are to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. The New Church teaches that the Sabbath symbolizes the states of peace that we are given by the Lord after spiritual struggles and growth.

Our Daily Bread

Title: Our Daily Bread (#57)

The miracle of feeding the 5000 (Mark 6:34-44) tells how Jesus satisfied the hunger of so many people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. In a deeper sense this story is talking about spiritual food — the good affections and true ideas we need to receive into our lives daily in order to be spiritually healthy.

The Holy Supper

Title: The Holy Supper (#33)

At the end of His ministry on earth, the Lord ate a final supper with His disciples, breaking bread for them to eat and giving them wine to drink (Mark 14). In the New Church the observance of this event is called the Holy Supper. This sacred act of worship expresses and deepens our bond with the Lord.