Sunday Morning Worship Participation
So much of life is about perception – about how you choose to see things.
Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Is someone an optimist, realist or pessimist?
Is the worship gathering on Sunday Morning a gathering that people can participate in or is it simply a spectator event? The way you answer this question is not so much determined by the meeting itself, but rather by your attitude or perception about the meeting.
I don’t doubt that most worship gatherings seem passive rather than active, but if you stop to think about participating in a worship gathering and then have the attitude that every moment of that gathering is an opportunity to participate, then your perception might change. As a pastor it is my privilege and responsibility to educate people about why we do what we do and then tell them what it is we are doing.
For this past Sunday I came up with nine ways our people could participate in our worship gathering, and then I challenged them to respond. These are ways that people can connect, participate, serve, worship and be involved in a worship gathering.
- Obey by gathering as a local church (Hebrews 10:24-25). People always want to know how they can be involved. To begin with they can habitually gather with us on Sunday Morning at 10:30 a.m.
- Sing in Spirit and in truth (John 4). When this happens two things will happen. First, worship of God will take place. Second, proclamation to about God to others will take place. Singing can be preaching.
- Praying (Acts 4:24-31). What should be happening when one person is praying? Agreement in our hearts and minds.
- Listening, examining and responding. Listening is just as much an act of worship as preaching is. We must listen with eagerness just as Cornelius was prepared to do (Acts 10:33). We must examine the scriptures just as the Bereans did (Acts 17:11). We must respond to the word of God every time we hear it rightly divided (James 1:22).
- Giving of Tithes and Gifts. God loves a generous heart and He has called us to be generous together as a local body for the work of ministry (2 Cor. 8-9).
- Remembering. Jesus told us to show the gospel and remember it when we baptize and share the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19 and 2 Cor. 11). These are object lessons in which we remember what Christ did for us in His death, burial and resurrection.
- Edifying with presence and words. As we gather and as we leave we should be smiling, encouraging, consoling, listening, etc. (Ephesians 4:29).
- Gathering to go. We don’t just gather for the sake of gathering.We gather to receive nourishment and encouragement so we can take Jesus to the world. May we never hoard the gospel in little holy huddles.
- Thinking about the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Sunday one of our Core Group members prayed for an unreached people group from India of over 4 million people. The world is dark and we have the light. We need to pray and remember that.
May God open our eyes and change our perception that we might fully participate the worship of God through Jesus Christ.