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Get the Most Benefit Out of a Sunday Morning Worship Service

A guide by Dr. Terry W. Dorsett (Barre, Vermont)

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If worship is really important to us, we will prepare ourselves properly so we can get the most out of it. Preparing for Sunday involves making both spiritual and practical decisions. These simple steps were adapted from Joshua Harris's book Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God (Lifechange Books). Put these steps into practice in order to be ready for Sunday worship.

1. Go to bed at a decent hour on Saturday night so we can be well rested the next morning.

2. Wake up early enough on Sunday morning to get ready for church.

3. Before church, spend some time reading the Bible and praying so our hearts can be in an attitude of worship. Consider using Experiencing God Day by Day: Devotional.

4. Do whatever it takes to protect the day. Too many of us have let other things crowd out God. Those from a Catholic perspective may enjoy Guide to Keeping Sunday Holy: Apostolic Letter Dies Domini (Basics of Ministry Series).

5. Help our family and friends have a worshipful attitude by speaking kind words to them in the parking lot or in the lobby at church. Save the closest parking spots for the elderly, the handicapped or young moms with small children. Hold the door open for others. If using kind words does not come natural to us, read The Art of the Compliment: Using Kind Words with Grace and Style.

6. Before the service starts, try to find people who are new to the church or who don't appear to know others and befriend them.

7. Attend to our personal needs before the service starts so that we do not have to get up and disturb the worship service.

8. Focus our minds on the truth of what we sing during the music portion of the service. Think about the Person we are singing to. Remember that we are not at church to be entertained; we are there to focus on the risen King. Consider reading The Priority of Praise and Worship: Learning to Give Back to God.

9. Express our commitment to listen to the sermon by bringing both our Bible and something to take notes with. Taking notes will help us remember more of what was said. These notes can become a valuable part of our Christan journey. Consider reading How to Keep a Spiritual Journal: A Guide to Journal Keeping for Inner Growth and Personal Discovery.

10. Ask ourselves what we will do with the truth we hear in the sermon. Hearing the truth obligates us to respond to it.

11. One of the best ways to get more out of the Sunday morning service, is to take a turn delivering the sermon. Not only will we learn alot as we prepare, but we will appreciate the effort that others put into preparing. When we appreciate their efforts more, we will pay attention better. To learn how to prepare a sermon as a lay speaker, read Developing Leadership Teams in the Bivocational Church.

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Dr. Terry W. Dorsett (Barre, Vermont)
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Last updated: 9/13/10
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