Five Quick Welcomes You Can Use

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If you’re like me, it’s easy to get into a rut of saying the same basic thing each time you stand before your church. The welcome, the encouragement, the invitation to stand and sing, and the prayers begin to sound very, very similar each week. There are a couple of ways to combat this. One includes writing out your prayer (or welcome) for the service. Another way is to invite others to do the welcome now and then.

There is a principle in worship leadership (and presentation in generation) that the more predictable something is, the less impact it has. We want to keep people on their toes as we invite our congregation to sing and worship.

To help jumpstart some new ways of phrasing a welcome, I’ve written five here. Use what would be helpful.

Welcome #1

It’s so good to be here today in the house of the Lord! No matter what you’ve been through this week, we can gather here, with the body of Christ, and give God glory. Let’s give our hearts to the Lord today in praise!

Welcome #2

Thank you for being here in worship today – it’s so cool to see a room full of people ready to sing and to share their love for Jesus. Let’s stand together and listen to this Pslam before we sing this morning: “I will exalt you, my God, the King; I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” Psalm 145:1-3

Welcome #3

Let’s begin today – this beautiful Sabbath – with praise to the Lord. [As the upbeat music intro begins], We want to clap together because God is worthy of our praise! Welcome to worship at [your church] – let’s sing!

Welcome #4

It’s so good to see each of you here today! Welcome to [church name]. We love gathering together to lift up and praise the name of Jesus. I’m inviting you to set aside the distractions and put your worries at the Lord’s feet. Almighty God, we’re here today, in your name, lifting our hearts and lives to you. We’re praising your name and trusting your promise that you are here in our midst even now.

Welcome #5

Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me, Bless his holy name! Are you ready to bless the name of the Lord today? Are you ready to sing and praise? Let’s stand together and approach the throne of God’s grace and mercy in worship.