When you crawl out of bed on Sunday morning, or the alarm goes off and you hit the snooze button, do you think to yourself “Oh good, I get to go to church this morning”, or, “Oh no, I have to go to church this morning”? Come on, be honest, there are times for all of us that coming to worship seems like a burden. It shouldn’t be though, if our attitude is dictated by our understanding. If we think that the Sunday worship service is a mandate or an obligation that we have to fulfill then we’re missing the boat. Worship is a feast and a celebration, one in which our God invites us to come and receive his gifts, those of forgiveness and eternal life, through the presence of his Son Jesus Christ in the Word and the Sacraments. Our Father bids us to come and receive all that He has through faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The Psalmist David put it this way; ‘I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”’ Psalm 122:1 We too should come with joy and gladness, to receive from our God his good and perfect gifts. We get to come and worship through the love and grace of God given to us in our Savior Jesus. We should be pounding on the doors to be let in early (but not too early) to enjoy fellowship with him and his people.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009