How Eagerness and Joy Can Mark Your Sunday Worship by Diana Davis

5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – the countdown on the screen ticked downward before the Sunday worship service began. I could sense the anticipation in the room.

Do you feel great eagerness as you look toward Sunday’s worship? Whether you’re a new Christian or a longtime Jesus-follower, a child or a senior adult, a leader or a participant, a few easy steps can help make Sunday worship a focal point of your week.

— Anticipate Sunday worship. Throughout the week, think about the worship celebration. Chat with others about the joy of worshipping God. Invite guests. Look forward to seeing other Christians there. Help your children look forward to worship. “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord'” (Psalm 122:1).

— Prepare. Get plenty of rest on Saturday night. Plan breakfast, prepare clothing, gather Bibles and offerings ahead of time. Listen to Christian music en route. Pray for God’s direction and blessing on your pastor, musicians and other leaders as they prepare. “Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your temple with deepest awe.” (Psalm 5:7).

— Be there. Can your pastor count on you? Attend worship faithfully. Carefully plan your personal, business and family schedules to prioritize Sunday worship. Have you ever thought, “No one will notice if I’m not there”? God notices. Be faithful. “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together….” (Hebrews 10:25).

— Come joyfully. Genuinely enjoy Sunday worship. Smile. A scowl is inappropriate for this great day; let your face reflect joy. Hum a Scripture song. Help your family members catch the joy of Jesus by your attitude. “A glad heart makes a happy face” (Proverbs 15:13).

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Diana Davis is online at Her newest book, co-written with her daughter Autumn Wall, “Across the Street and Around the World” (New Hope Publishers), is a resource for an array of “going” ideas for churches, small groups and individuals.