As we race out the door this morning, where are we going? The answer is simple: we are going to a worship service. This may sound a little old fashioned to you, but there is no better way to describe the event. We gather together on Sunday mornings to serve our great God through prayer, singing, the fellowship of the saints, communion & baptism, and the ministry of the Word. Our concerns are not to be the style of music, hanging out with friends, commenting on what people are wearing or looking for business opportunities. We are meeting with the infinite God. How can we settle for lesser things? May the words Hebrews 12 prepare us for our worship services.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:22-29 ESV)