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Getting the Most Out of Worship

Worship is a vital part of knowing and serving God, and corporate worship is an essential part of a life of worship. We believe that joining together for worship can be a highlight of your week.  Here are some pointers to help you get the most out of a worship service.

First understand that worship is the offering of yourself to God (Romans 12:1-2).  It is something that you do.  A worship service is not a “spectator sport.” Don’t just listen to the prayers, songs, or sermon—engage in praying, singing, and listening to God.  

Come Ready: Be prepared to worship.  Anticipate worship throughout the week. On Sunday morning prepare to enter into a time of worship. Expect to hear from God and to experience his presence.

Focus: There is probably nothing more important when it comes to fully experiencing worship.  Focus your thoughts and engage your whole self—body, mind, and spirit-in worship to God.

Sing: You don’t have to be talented.  We try to sing in a way that everyone can blend in together.  The most important thing is to focus on the words as you sing, and sing them from your heart to God. Sing the words intentionally and thoughtfully.

Pray: Personally pray, while others are leading in prayer. Every prayer in corporate worship is a time for everyone to join in prayer.  You can do this by affirming what is being prayed, or personally pray to God during the time of prayer.  

Give: The giving of tithes and offerings is an essential part of worship.  There are various ways to give in addition to placing an offering in the offering plate.  Some give through their online banking, others mail in their offering, and some give through their debit or credit cards in the foyer.  However, you give take time during the offertory prayer and collection to pray about how you worship God through giving, and to pray that God will bless the gifts that have been given for use in his kingdom work.

Actively Listen: The teaching of God’s word is an essential part of worship because it is the key way that we listen to God through the Holy Spirit.  To actively listen use your own personal Bible.  While the scripture is shown on screen, using your own Bible, underlining words etc. will help you to remember what is being said.  It will also make it easier to find key passages in the Bible at a later time. Take notes.  We provide note-taking guides in the foyer or you may bring your own journal or notebook.  

Respond: At the end of every service we have a time of focused response.  This is the highlight of a worship service.  Respond to what you God is speaking to you about.  Praise God; confess a sin; share a need; make a commitment; pledge to give and serve.

Go: The last element of the worship service is being sent out by God to put your faith into practice during the week.

Be Blessed: Walk daily in the blessings that God has provided for you through Jesus Christ. 

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