September 10, 2012

Gracefull Worship Service or Gracefilled Service in Worship

You're in church.
The music is winding down to the quiet meditative part.
This is the part where you should be truly focused on Jesus and making the lyrics your prayer.
     "Mommy, I'm hungry." You hear a little voice, and then another little one tugs at your skirt,
     "Mommy, is it almost time for Sunday School?" Sorry, Lord, another morning. If you ever achieved a mindset that was focused on Jesus, it was rudely interrupted by ... oh yeah, your family, who needs you, even during the Sunday morning "worship service."

It's easy to feel frustrated after church. To feel regretful about where your mind was during the singing... may it be what you were going to prepare for lunch, trying to get your kids to sit up or stand or clap, thinking about the conversation with a friend yesterday, endlessly saying no to requests for snacks mid-tune, or taking different children potty in the middle of your favorite worship song. Oh yeah, and there's the reminders you give, "Kids, shhh, we're praying." Or, we're supposed to be, anyways. But am I? You wonder.

Good news, there's grace for Sunday also. Fortunately "worship" isn't all about Sunday morning in church.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. - Romans 12:1
Our worship is not limited to, or defined by, Sunday morning church services, which have commonly become known as the "Worship Service." May Scripture remind us that our lives are to be worship to God. Yes, we can prayerfully sing praise songs on Sunday morning, with our eyes closed and our hands raised even! But, we mustn't rely on those acts as our worship alone. God wants our lives.

God wants our acts of service to be our worship service.

Next time our babies need us during the church service, may our hearts be reminded of these truths.


  1. Well said Karina! May moms be encouraged as they seek to raise their families, and may it encourage all of us as we seek to worship our living God! Love Mom :)

  2. Beautiful! I found you through Women Living Well and I'm your newest follower! I look forward to connecting with you!


  3. amen, my friend! I've had some of those grace for Sunday moments too. So grateful that there are no boundaries on grace.

  4. This is SUCH a good post! I'm at the stage where I constantly have to sneak out and miss half of service to nurse my baby girl. It can be discouraging at times, but it is nice to remember "there's grace for that"

    I love it!
    thanks for visiting my blog! it's how I found you! :)