Let’s face it. We all have a different idea of what a perfect weekend service looks like. For some, it might be the songs we sing. We may like what is familiar, that we know all the words to. For others, it may be a warm and familiar atmosphere, so they will be comfortable bringing their friends and family to visit. For yet others, perhaps it’s the speaker and the message that is delivered.
“I wish I could have the ideal weekend service that I really enjoy.”
Well, I am happy to tell you that, actually, you can. Our gatherings on the weekend were always meant to be a participatory event, not a spectator one. So we all have a role to play in creating the weekend that we want to experience and enjoy.
Here are three thoughts that may help change the way we think about our weekend service.
1. Pray for the team and the speaker
Acts 4:31: After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Pray with expectation for what happens on the weekend. While the teams that are serving spend the week preparing for the weekend, they could really use your upholding them in prayer as well. When we pray together as a family, God can move, His spirit will bring His power into the house, and then.. anything can happen. Spend a few minutes sometime during the week praying for our teams and for our pastor/ speaker. They would be greatly encouraged to know that we are all lifting them up to the Lord.
2. Bring the worship
You may have heard our Pastor say, ”The team is going to lead you in worship, but don’t let them do the worshipping for you.” Now, that is great advice. Of all the activities that we do during service now, worship is the only thing that we will continue doing in heaven. Therefore, it really behooves us to bring our best, freewill sacrifice of praise to the Lord every week. So feel free to lift your voice, raise your hands, sing and dance before the Lord. He has given us a a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3) and it would be great if we put it on every time we gather!
3. Make new friends
When I visited FGA for the first time, I remember being quite blown away by how friendly and welcoming everyone was. And even today, our welcome and usher teams do a great job of welcoming people, remembering new faces and warmly shaking hands with everyone who walks through those doors. Think of the impact we would have as a church on newcomers and visitors if we all exhibited this kind of care and hospitality. So this weekend, make it a point to speak to someone you had never spoken to before. It can even be someone you have seen around church before, but never had a chance to say hi to. For all you know, they had been hoping to speak to you too!