We had a great service this past Sunday morning. We had about 80 people that came to our morning worship. Out of that 80 we had 5 visitors, God is good. As I think about this, I often wonder what makes a service great.
Is the greatness of a service dependent on the sermon that is presented? While the sermon is important to the service, it is not what makes a service great. You can have the best sermon in town and the service still be a flop.
So what about the music? Does the music matter? If it is contemporary or traditional will that define the service and make it one one of the best? (Personally I don’t like the term traditional or contemporary, for me the music should be Spirit-led.) While the music is also important for it prepares people for the sermon, it is not what makes it great.
Someone might than say, well it has to do with attendance. The more people you have at the church is what makes the service great. While attendance is encouraging and exciting that in itself is not what makes a service great. I have seen churches with a small attendance of 10 have a great service as a service with 80-500 in attendance.
So what makes a service great? I believe what makes a church service great is the Presence of God. You can have the best music, the best sermon and the best attendance but without the Presence of the Living God it will not work.
So how do churches get God’s presence in their services? I believe first it begins with us individually. We must prepare ourselves to worship God. Remove anything in our lives that would be a hinderance. Second, I believe that we must invite Him in. The Lord will not go where He is not invited. Finally, have open hearts.
If we do this, the style of worship, the way of the sermon is presented or the attendance will not matter because we know that God is there.
Have a good day!!!