You went through an entire song service without even thinking about what you were singing?
You bowed your head and closed your eyes during the prayer but you really didn’t become involved in it?
You were more interested in when he would finish the sermon than in what he was saying during the sermon?
You allowed some minor noise near you to completely upset you so that you could not really worship?
These and many other things often happen, don’t they: Why? Here are some reasons:
Don’t come to the services expecting to be entertained; this is not its purpose.
Be a participant rather than just a spectator.
Prepare yourself mentally when coming to worship. Think about the what and why concerning worship.
Resolve that you are going to worship no matter what others do. There are many events and functions we attend where there are many distractions, but we accept them. We do not condone noise in worship, but let us be determined that it will not keep us from worshiping.
Don’t think that services have to be conducted differently to be meaningful.
Examine your motive often for worshiping. Habit may become the motive.
Bring your Bible and run references during the sermon.
Take notes during the sermon. The time will pass by faster and you will retain more of the lesson.
Make a list of words in the songs which are unfamiliar to you and find their definitions later.
Come to services with the positive attitude that it is a privilege and that you will truly worship in spirit and in truth.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer,” Psalms 14:19.
— Author Unknown; via Midtown Church of Christ