Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Centrality of Sunday Corporate Worship
There is a sense in which Sunday morning's corporate worship is the lifeblood of the church's experience. As believers, we need to view corporate worship as not only a chance to hear a sermon, or to sing a few songs, or see people we haven't seen since last Sunday, but as the central time for the bride of Christ to come together to worship our Sovereign God. There needs to be a gravity and a weight to our corporate worship. Every day during the week, we should be worshiping the Lord in our individual lives and then bring that together corporately with other believers to worship Him as a community of faith. We are after all, a covenant community of people. Sunday morning should never be distracted from. Throughout all of redemptive history, God's people have come together corporately to worship Him. Therefore, Sunday morning worship is a time of gathering together to honor God with our worship, to say that He is our God, and that through Him, we are His people. This is so important and should never be underestimated. We should be teaching our children at a young age about the importance of corporate worship...this is one reason why I think we need to have our children in the service with us on a semi-regular basis...to let them see mommies and daddies worshiping the Lord...to see their parents take part in something bigger than themselves...this is also a chance to be counter-cultural and go against our society's draw towards family fragmentation. Oh friend, let us hold Sunday mornings in high regard...and let's do so for the substance, not the style...so we too might join with the Psalmist and say, "I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord".