God's Greeting worship ideas

As we begin worship, it is fitting to begin with words from the Bible that voice God's greeting to us as a gathered community. God is present in the space before we are. God comes to us first. The words of God's greeting form part of the conversation in worship between God and his people.

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What is God's greeting?

God's greeting is part of the opening sequence in a worship service. The pieces of this opening sequence can include:

God's greeting, because it is God's words, frequently comes directly from the Bible. The pastor speaks the words of God over the congregation and the congregation receives them in the greeting. Some pastors raise their hands during the greeting and some congregational members bow their heads and/or open their hands as a gesture of receiving the word of greeting from God.

Where can I find God's greeting in the Bible?