Joe Lechner, from Sovereign Grace Ministries has written a couple of articles recently on the role of the Holy spirit in the life of the preacher and in the life of the congregational listener. The former can be found here and the latter here.
In it he reminds us of the following, powerful quote from Charles Surgeon,
“Unless the Holy Ghost blesses the Word, we who preach the gospel are of all men most miserable, for we have attempted a task that is impossible. We have entered on a sphere where nothing but the supernatural will ever avail. If the Holy Spirit does not renew the hearts of our hearers, we cannot do it. If the Holy Ghost does not regenerate them, we cannot. If he does not send the truth home into their souls, we might as well speak into the ear of a corpse.”
May we be blessed by God’s Spirit today as we meet together to Worship Him.