Gathering with Expectation

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On a given Sunday morning what goes through your mind on your way to Church Service? Are you wondering what songs will be sung? Who will be preaching this week? Is the pastor going to make us turn and greet each other again? I would venture to guess that these thoughts and more have run through our minds on our way to service. Or maybe some of us are so used to the routine that we don’t really think about much on our way to church.
I often wonder what our services would look like if every week, every single one of us committed to gathering together with a purposeful mindset of hopeful expectation: “I wonder what God is going to do among us this weekend?” After all, scripture tells us that when the body of Christ gathers, God is present!
I came a across a great statement recently that says, “we meet with God in the presence of one another and meet with one another in the presence of God”. (Peterson, David G.)
Every time we gather as the body of Christ, it is an opportunity for God to bless, to guide, to speak, to convict, to strengthen, to reveal and to build up. We don’t just gather to “sing songs”, we unite in declaring life-transforming truths! We don’t just gather to “hear a message”. God speaks to us, softens our hearts and opens our eyes as His word is proclaimed!
He also ministers to us through our fellowship with each other. Empowered by the Holy Spirit in us, every gathering is an opportunity to love, to encourage, to honor and to support each other.
There is power in the gathering of the body of Christ. I encourage us all to approach our gatherings with hopeful expectation that God will work in and through us!
Here’s some great scriptures to meditate on.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20)
“In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:22)
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1-2)