I love the Sunday Worship Services at our church. It is a wonderful blessing to be able to go with my family, and worship our Lord together. As I reflect back on my childhood, A large part of my life was spent in church. My family went to church whenever the doors were open. Most of my closest friends were a part of my church family. We spent time in their homes, and they spent time in mine at least every other week. I am so grateful for a Christian Family,and a heritage of growing up actively participating in worshipping the Lord in his House. I believe this is one of the reasons I accepted Christ into my life at an early age. I would have to say that my church family had a supreme impact on the person I am today. Godly men and women taught our kids classes and took us on activities. In a few years, Youth group became an integral part of my church experience. We were taught Biblical principles, and a deep lasting love for God.
As I have grown older, chronologically and in my faith, I see more than ever before the importance of Worshiping God in my life. I know that there are those of the opinion that worshipping together as a group is not as important as personal worship. Please don’t misunderstand me. We can worship God through praying, reading our Bible, journaling, etc., and we should indeed do these things every day. Daily Worship is important to the building of our faith. However, I strongly feel that some have come the conclusion that it is the only worship we should experience. To me there is something special about coming together to the House of God with fellow believers, and worshipping together as a church body. Through worship, we are able to strengthen each other. I know I am strengthened when I hear other believers share testimonies of what God has done for them that week. I am strengthened by worshipping the Lord through singing praises to Him, and bowing my heart before Him as the sermon from the Pastor speaks to me. One of my favorite times of worship is while the Offertory is being played, and I talk to God experiencing sweet fellowship with Him. Even participating in the Lord’s Supper has become another time for me to worship God as I remember all Christ did for me on Calvary. When my boys were little, I would whisper to them throughout the Lord’s Supper of all of the beautiful pictures we can see in all Christ has done for us. Worship is so much more than just showing up for a church service. It is active participation on our part that if we are not careful we will miss all the wonderful blessings Christ has waiting for us.
Sunday Worship has impacted me in other ways also. I may not have realized it at the time, but Sunday Worship was preparing me to reach out beyond the door of the church. God does not want us to have our Worship with Him on Sunday to end when the church doors close. I believe God wants our Sunday Worship to propel us into Monday-Saturday Ministry. We should take time to pray for those in the community, and reach out to them when they are in need. The methods for getting out into the community may vary from church to church. Our church has had some good success with Block parties in the surrounding communities, and ministering to boys 12-18 at a motorcross track that moved into our community. The methods may be different, but the message does not change. We need to go out into “highways and hedges and compel them to come in.” Our Communities need the message that Jesus saves. They need to know that there is a church that cares about them and loves them. They need to know that Sunday Worship is not the only thing the church does every week.