What do Saturdays look like for you? If you’re like me, you probably think of Saturday as a day of rest or a day to do something relaxing or enjoyable. There’s nothing wrong with that and after a long productive work week, we should enjoy the fruits of our labor. Rest and leisure are good gifts that we should appropriately enjoy. But should Saturday only be thought of as a reward to a long work week? Or should we also think of Saturday as a day of preparation for our Sunday worship gathering?
I wonder how much thought is given to preparing for Sunday morning on Saturday. Sure we give some thought to preparation by getting our clothes ready, putting the children down to sleep, or deciding what to eat for breakfast, etc. But how do we and how should we prepare our hearts to commune with the living God and our brothers and sisters in a corporate worship gathering?
If we understand the gravity of that last sentence, we’ll give more thought and consideration to how we prepare our hearts for Sunday. If we have an unhealthy view of our Sunday gathering, our preparation will reflect that. Historically, the church met on the first day of the week to commemorate the resurrection of Christ (Matt. 28:1-7; Mark 16:2, 9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1). So every time we gather, we are celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Not only that, but we also are coming together to be instructed how to live as sons and daughters of the kingdom, confessing our sins, making intercession for others, offering supplication, praising in song and pleading for the salvation of the lost. Those things are not to be taken lightly, especially since the church is God’s means of displaying His glory in a unique way and is also the main institution for our growth. Since all of this is true, how might we better prepare for the Sunday gathering? Here are a few simple suggestions that my wife and I are implementing, but by no means have perfected.
- Don’t make Saturday night a late night, whether you go out or stay home.
- Plan to designate a time to discuss the order of service or sermon text with your spouse or a fellow church member, if possible.
- Think about how you can be praying the point of the sermon text for yourself and for others.
- Pray for every aspect of the Sunday service (praying, singing, preaching, and giving) and for your heart to be receptive to God’s Word.
- Consider whether or not if you have any unresolved conflict with anyone and seek to reconcile before attending the worship service.
As God’s graciously chosen ones, may we demonstrate the privilege and joy of being His children by being responsible church members who purposely prepare for Sunday.
Related Recommended Reading
What is A Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
Grace & Peace,