Ok, I know that this title sounds redundant, but stick with me. I’ll explain. This is the second in a series designed to help you and your family get the most out of worshiping together. You can check out the first post HERE. Today I want to look at how you can set yourself up to have a great worship experience, before you even get to church.
Be prepared. A great worship experience on Sunday morning starts way before you walk into church. I would argue that what you do on Saturday can have a huge effect on how you worship on Sunday. Take a moment and think about what Sunday mornings look like. If you’re anything like me, there is probably a fair amount of stress involved. If not, praise God, your awesome. Rare, but awesome.
- Clothes: Remove some of the stress by getting ready Saturday night. No, I’m not saying you should sleep in your church clothes. However, you can pick out what you will wear. Get with each of your kids and help them pick it out. If you have older kids and your idea of church clothes doesn’t like theirs, then have them pick it out on Saturday night so you can approve it THEN.
- Stuff: Go ahead and gather up all of the STUFF that will need to go with you to church. From Bibles to Sunday School books, to whatever else needs to go. Get all of this stuff ready Saturday night.
- Food: Your family will need to eat Sunday morning. Go ahead and plan that out. Maybe it’s your turn to provide breakfast for your Sunday school class or for one of your children’s class. Take time Saturday to finalize any plans and make sure you have what you need. If you can do any prep or cooking ahead of time, do it.
- But Saturday is busy: If your Saturday is full of stuff that will prevent you from getting all this done, then do it on Friday, or even earlier if necessary. The point is to remove this stuff from your plate on Sunday morning.
Get ready. We talked yesterday about worship being spiritual. This being true you want to do what you can to prepare yourself spiritually.
- Keep It Simple Silly: Do all you can to simplify your Sunday morning routine. Some of this happens the night before, as mentioned above. But, this can also be a matter of simplifying Sunday morning. Maybe it means cereal instead of eggs and bacon. Maybe it means cold cuts for lunch instead of something that requires a lot of Sunday morning prep. The idea is to remove as much stress as possible to be able to enter the church with a heart of worship.
- Get up earlier: Ok, I know. It’s Sunday morning and you want to sleep in. I get it. But, if you want for you and your family to be in a better position to worship you might need to give up a little bit of sleep. You can make it up that afternoon. Or, even better, go to bed earlier. I know that’s not always possible, but when you can, it’s a good idea.
- Leave early: You know how long it takes to get from your house to the church. Leave 10 – 15 minutes early. Worse case scenario you get there early. Trust me someone will be there. The building will be open. You can use that time to pray, to relax, or to talk with the other people who got there early. More importantly you will avoid the stress that comes from running late. This stress can derail your worship fast.
So, what. The bottom line is this. Look at your Sunday morning routine and do what you can to remove as much stress as possible from it. This will not guarantee that your worship experience is out of this world, but it will help to put YOU in a better place to worship.
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