Excited about Sunday morning - Intern's blog
Yesterday, I had the opportunity of performing the official welcome for the Sunday worship service to the congregation. I was so excited! Lately, I have been thinking about the worship service and the true purpose of it. We worship in song, we worship in prayer and we worship in hearing the truth of the Word being preached - the key here: we worship. We worship God! The very opportunity to come before our Creator and be in His presence is a truly awesome expereince. It should be treated as such, yes? And so many Psalms show us that God seeks to be worshipped and longs for His people to come to Him, to recognize who He is, and to give Him the devoted worship He deserves. So I was moved to convey to the congregation how exciting is that they chose to come to worship. So there's the 2nd key part: we choose. To choose God. Put together, we have the purpose for Sunday morning services: to choose to worship God.
Growing up, I heard a lot about reverence. To me, it seemed reverence meant being quiet, reserved and respectful of God. It also meant not bothering others who had come to the service. Reverence is defined as having a deep respect for something or someone, but it should be "tinged with awe" and should be "the outward manifestation of this feeling" (dictionary.com). Remember what it looked like in Acts when the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit? Onlookers thought they were drunk! While I certainly don't think our worship should get so carried away that we are distracting others from their time with God, I do believe we should bring that giddy-Christmas-morning-what-am-I-going-to-get?-feeling when we choose to worship God. I hope our services continue to reflect a sense of anticipation for what God is about to do in our lives.
Let's pray for revival!
Brian "the intern" Gillespie