Ways to Prepare for Tomorrow's Church Service, Today
Paul TautgesPaul Tautges serves as senior pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, having previously pastored for 22 years in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Paul has authored eight books including Counseling One Another, Brass Heavens, and Comfort the Grieving, and contributed chapters to two volumes produced by the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He is also the consulting editor of the LifeLine Mini-Book series from Shepherd Press. Paul is a Fellow with ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of ten children (three married), and have two grandchildren. Paul enjoys writing as a means of cultivating discipleship among believers and, therefore, blogs regularly at Counseling One Another.
- 2015 Oct 31
When we reflect on Hebrews 12:18-29, it becomes clear that God exalts Himself in the gatherings of His people, and that we anticipate approaching our great God with reverence and awe. Take a few minutes to open your Bible and read that passage.
If God, Who is “a consuming fire,” receives worship from sinners like you and me (indeed He seeks it! – John 4:23), should we not be intentional in how we approach Him? If worship demands reverence and awe should we not prepare to meet our God? Yes, and yes.
So, let me suggest a few ways you could take time to prepare for tomorrow’s worship service, today.
Spend some time delighting in the Word of God
- Read Psalm 32 or 51 and spend time in confession
- Read some Scriptures about worship (E.g. Psalms 95-100)
- For communion Sundays: read one or more Gospel accounts of the crucifixion
- For communion Sundays: do everything in your power to resolve interpersonal conflicts (Romans 12:18); seek forgiveness (Matthew 5:24) so that you may knowingly take the bread and cup in an unworthy manner and bring judgment upon yourself (1 Corinthians 11:27-32)
Spend time in prayer for…
- Service participants: ushers and greeters, Scripture readers, musicians, choir, songleader, preacher, elders and deacons, nursery workers, Bible class teachers, visitors, and unbelievers who may be present
- If you teach a Bible class, pray for your students, other classes and fellow teachers
- Your fellow worshippers
- Yourself, that your heart will be reverent and filled with awe, teachable, and desirous to change. Pray you will be prepared to speak an edifying word to at least one other believer.
Discipline your mind with song
- Create a playlist of worship music for your phone or tablet
- Fill the house and car with good worshipful music
- Sing some psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
The purpose of these personal preparations is to sensitize your heart and mind to meet the Lord in corporate worship and minister to your brothers and sisters in Christ.