Quite often I hear – or overhear – people who have arrived at church a little early for worship talk about how they just aren’t “feeling it” when it comes to worship.  Sometimes, they say they were running late or they spilled coffee on themselves as they were heading out the door, or….it goes on and on.  When we are not prepared to worship, we can’t worship at our best.  We won’t give our best and we certainly won’t receive whatever God may have for us.

So, here are a few things we can all do each week as we get ready to worship:


1). On Saturday night, have your Sunday clothes chosen.  That way, you won’t spend time trying to decide what to wear on Sunday morning.

2).  Sunday morning, before getting out of bed, take a minute or two to just enjoy waking up.  Don’t rush.  Take a few slow, deep breaths to help open your lungs and focus on enjoying the day.

3).  As you go about your morning routine, pray…aloud or silently…asking God to help you make it a good day and to prepare your mind and heart for worship.

4).  Arrive at church 10 minutes early, sit in your selected seat and take 5 minutes to be silent, preparing yourself to give your best in all you do during worship.  Ask God to speak to you during worship.

5). Take another 5 minutes to welcome others – guests first! – who have come to worship.

6). Develop a sense of gratitude as you go through your morning and arrive at church.  Throughout worship, try to be mindful of how you are feeling, what you are sensing, and look for moments and things for which you can be grateful.

7). When corporate worship is over, think of ways you can continue worship throughout the week, starting before you leave the church building.  Remember, worship is not simply a once-a-week thing we do, it is an ongoing way of living.  Sing, dance, smile at others, pray, create…do whatever brings you joy. Whatever do, do it with all you heart.  That’s worship.

8). Sleep well.  Go to bed early enough to get 7 – 8 hours of sleep so that you will wake up refreshed and alert.

9). Prepare your body.  When you get out of bed, stretch and warm up your muscles which have been inactive all night.  Warming up your muscles increases mental alertness, a sense of well-being, and a positive attitude.

10). Don’t worry about how others around you are worshiping/singing/responding/giving in worship.  Concern yourself only with your participation and expression of your faith.  Your attitude will be contagious!