The Invocation (or Gathering Prayer)

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The invocation calls upon God to be present to the worshiping community. The word invocation is derived from the Latin invocatio and means the act or process of petitioning for help or support. In worship there are three times when a prayer of invocation is appropriate: (1) in the Entrance, when we ask God to be present in our worship; (2) in the Service of the Word, when we ask God to be present through preaching (sometimes called the prayer of illumination); (3) in the prayers of the...


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