Grateful 1: A typical Sunday service

I wonder if many of us realize how much thought and careful planning goes into a regular Sunday service. You’ll be more than surprised to know that a lot of stuff is done.

Sunday 01 September 2013

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I wonder if many of us realize how much thought and careful planning goes into a regular Sunday service. You’ll be more than surprised to know that a lot of stuff is done.

Weeks before or a night before, the preacher painstakingly takes time to hear from God and prepare a very powerful, God-inspired sermon to be preached. The worship team seeks God’s face about what songs to bring and what He wants to do amongst His people.
The ushers (God bless their humble hearts) clean up the hall and make sure the seats are all well arranged. Tea, coffee, juices and sweet confectioneries are prepared and beautifully placed in the social corner. Announcements are communicated to the service coordinator during the week and passed on to the printer to include in the church bulletin. The different ministry teams are all geared up to serve.
Before the start of the meeting, a prayer team gathers to pray for the service, all partakers, and that God would reveal Himself. The sound desk sets up the system.
As you stroll in, the welcome team ushers you in with a very warm smile and firm handshake/hug. You quickly find a space and prepare yourself for an encounter with God.
An opening prayer is said, the worship team leader reads out a passage. The guitar strings strum out a joyful rhythm, the piano accompanies, the bass rhythmically supports and the drums fill the air with a thumping beat. The joyful and melodious sound of a people in praise rings out, hands are flung in the air, knees are bowed in worship of the King of kings. What a beautiful sight to behold! People from different races and cultures all together in one room with a common purpose; to bring praise and worship to our God.
Soon after, the chairperson introduces the preacher who then delivers God’s message for His people; challenging and encouraging us through the word of God. An altar call is made. People respond and come out for ministration as the prayer team avail themselves to listen and pray with them.
The service is ended with a prayer and blessing.
Some stay back to catch up with friends while some quickly rush off to a good lunch or dinner and to prepare themselves for the coming week. The ushers stay back to tidy up again and lock up after everyone is gone.
This scenario describes only the tip of the iceberg. Many activities go unnoticed although they are key to ensuring smooth Sunday services: subject of a future column?
To round off, I cannot fully express such joy that comes with serving and the encouragement that comes with feeling appreciated and valued. I encourage you, next time, to show some appreciation by simply saying a “thank you” or just giving a warm smile to our kind helpers.
To our kind team that makes sure our meeting is a success, I say a very BIG THANK YOU.
Yours,
B!