I hope we are known as a PRAISING congregation. As we begin our Sunday worship service, the music shouldn't just serve as 'insert song here.' Psalm 100:4 says 'Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.'
Almost always, our first hymn is a praise hymn. We can open up and sing to the Lord, joyfully. But please notice, if there is a second tune, it is usually a worship tune. We can sing the first song passively, about God, but the worship songs are sung personally, TO God. Praise songs state "God is", but worship is "You are..."
As people in a lost world, we come into the sanctuary with a week of job stress, people stress, he said/she said, floating around us. Use the first portion of the service, from the prelude to the assurance of pardon, to bring your mind (Phil. 4:8) into church with the rest of you. Come into His presence.
Don Wyrtzen, a song-writer, writes: Our very bodies are created to perform a symphony of Praise! As temples of the Holy Spirit, our bodies are sacred sanctuaries, to be used for His glory, not for our selfish desires. .. The longer I live, the more evidence I gather of God's grace and glory. As I practice praise, I become more proficient in expressing my love and gratitude to Him.
Then we are ready for the ministry of the Word. Ps. 16:11- You have made known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.