Summary: Coming together to worship reminds us that God is at work And that God will ultimately bring peace and security to us and to His world,

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Why Do We Worship Together? Psalms 122:1-122:9

Today every one of us got out of bed and got ready and came to this church

• We did this with the intention of spending our morning singing hymns and songs,

• We came to pray together, to listen to God’s word,

• And we also came to share fellowship with one another.

• And the really cool things is that this is happening right now in churches all across the country, its happening all across the continent,

• And its happening all across the world.

• More people get together on Sundays to worship

• Than to engage in any other activity.

But At the same time we’ve all met people that,

• When they’re invited to come to church,

• Have a whole laundry list of reasons why they cant go

• “It’s the only day of the week I can sleep in.”

• “I don’t have to go to church to worship God.”

• “I have to work on Sunday mornings and there’s no way I can get out of it.”

• “I’m spiritual, but I’m not religious.”

• “Everyone who goes to that church is a hypocrite. There’s no way I would go there.”

And the list of excuses goes on and on it

• If you try and Counter one excuse

• They come at you with another

• There’s not much a person can do to convince someone else to come to church.

But maybe even more interesting,

• Are the reasons people have for attending church.

• I mean, think about this for a minute.

• No one is forced to attend church / to come / worship!

• It’s completely voluntary.

• To the best of my knowledge nobody handcuffed any of us and drug us here today

• But they say that a good test of someone’s values

• Is what they do with their spare time,

• What they do when they don’t have anything to do.

So let me ask you this: why are you here this morning?

• What inspired you to get up, get dressed and walk through those doors?

• I mean, I get paid to be here! But What’s your reason?

• But seriously, is there any other place that you would rather be right now?

When you come here on Sunday morning, is the time you spend here inspiring?

• Are you truly glad to be here?

• Does your heart leap with joy at the thought of being able to go to church?

• Does it encourage you in your walk with Christ?

• Does it move you to share your faith in Christ with your neighbours?

• What happens when youwalk back out these doors?

• What do you take with you?

Today we are going to look atPsalm 122

• And this is the song of someone who decides to go to church

• They decided to go to church and worship God.

Ps 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

Ps 122:2 And now we are standing here inside your gates, O Jerusalem.

Ps 122:3 Jerusalem is a well-built city, knit together as a single unit.

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