“In Vain Do They Worship Me”
O God, form hearts in us that that are attuned to your ways—to your love, grace, and mercy; give us integrity so that the words that we offer in worship will reflect that attuning.
Draw our hearts ever closer to you so that our worship, be it offered in the sanctuary or outside it, will be pleasing to you.
“You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied rightly about you when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’” (Matthew 15:7-9)