Sundays are easily my favorite day of the week. And here are 100 reasons why:
(1) It’s the Lord’s Day! When God first created the world, He rested on the seventh day (for us, a Saturday). When He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, Jesus fulfilled the promise of life and resurrected from the dead on the FIRST day of the week (Sunday). This is the day the New Testament church began to meet. It’s the Lord’s Day of victory, promised in Genesis 3:15!
(2) I get to worship ALL DAY.
This may sound sarcastic, but this is really quite a wonderful thing. In the morning, I have time to listen to sermons before church, then go to church, then read my Bible, then go back to church. Because God gave this day for us to put all other worldly things aside I have TIME with Him. For an ENTIRE DAY!! 😃
(3) I get to hear about how much He loves me.
Pastor S. may preach about sin and hell, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a message if love. Christ endured hell on the cross–the wrath and abandonment of God the Father–for my sake. To give me eternal life, He took the punishment for my sin. This is why Nicholas Sparks has nothing on the gospel when it comes to love stories. Why would a God whom I have slapped in the face with hatred, come to die for me so I don’t get punished for it? All the while telling me how much He loves me.
(4) I get to spend time with my family. To hear them makes my Spirit thank God.
(5) I get to watch other people physically worshiping our Lord.
(6) I get to see other Christians, in cars, or on sidewalks, going to church.
(7) The singing is so much fun. Everyone has a distinct voice and sings to the Lord.
(8) Christian loved-ones far away are also worshipping especially on this day, and it brings a sense of unity in the soul.
(9) I get to take communion. This is a very humbling time because I do not deserve to sit at the Lord’s table. But this is His promise to me, to His people, that we will est with Him in the wedding feast to come.
(10) I am reminded of my sin. Joyous? Not particularly. But Jesus is the Great Healer. How can I get better if I don’t know if I am sick? And He not only tells me I’m sinful, He sanctifies me through His prayers and Spirit.
(11) I get to hear familiar Bible verses in the worship service, and new ones!
(12) Things to memorize. The rhythm of prayers, verses, hymns stick in the soul and the brain. It’s an opportunity to say the things God has stamped on my heart that I can say without a bulletin.
(13) There are always new things to pray for. Family out of town? Traveling mercies. Anxiety? Prayers for peace in Jesus. Someone ill? Pray for comfort.
(14) Jesus prays for me! Always!! And I remember it during prayers on the Lord’s Day.
(15) Praying for the Holy Spirit to work in my heart and others during service, especially if I am having a hard time concentrating, and seeing, feeling, knowing God has answered the prayer.
(16) Seeing church family. So wonderful to see, touch, hear, connect with those who are my family in Christ– a family hardly different from biological kin.
(17) All the different personalities and warm smiles!
(18) The offering. Am reminded of all the offerings in throughout the Bible, of Christians who gave all they had out of love. And that great offering of Jesus on the cross Who gave us JOY.
(19) Watching my elders pray silently during various parts of the service.
(20) When people write notes.
(21) The happiness that soaks the room during worship.
(21) Watching people sway to the hymns, sometimes to the same beat and direction, other times completely opposite.
(22) Knowing the presence of Jesus is with us.
(23) Sitting next to my sister who I have prayed for His joy for years, worshipping.
(24) On the Lord’s Day, He shows how He has answered prayers.
(25) Writing prayers down to Him. His Spirit works within me as I pray to Him… forever humbling and amazing because I am horrible at prayer and gratitude.
(26) Sunday School! About the Holy Spirit.
(27) Watching children worship. Saying the apostle’s creed, rising to the hymns.
(28) Hearing loud voices from the kids on their favorite hymns.
(29) Being around the wisdom of older adults at church–and their love!
(30) We retire early on Sunday evenings, which means we can each spend hours reading God’s word and learning about it.
(31) Family devotional. This is especially enjoyable after we all have been filled with a day of worship.
(32) The preaching. It is so clear it is a taste of heaven, during the content hour or so of being filled with God’s love and word with His people.
(33) First-Sunday lunch.
(34) When visitors come and worship.
(35) Long, quiet afternoons.
(36) Hearing about church family
(37) The benediction
(38) The announcements
(39) When the church is full!
(40) Being able to slow down and check-in on people.
(41) Being filled with so much love for others after hearing and knowing what Christ has done for me.
(42) Dressing for the King.
(43) Knowing that if I cannot afford a nice dress, do not look pretty, or have to wear the same outfit every week it truly DOES NOT MATTER. The heart is what matters, not the exterior. And the heart will be reflected in the exterior. God wants a broken and contrite heart to heal, and wearing tons of makeup doesn’t fool Him, although it may fools others.
(44) God’s people love you for Christ in you, not because if how you look.
(45) The love.
(46) The day is a testimony of His love.
(47) Having a day to pray and learn how to pray.
(48) Turning the cell phone off (ideally).
(49) It’s okay not to check eBay today.
(50) Having people over.
(51) And talking about Jesus with them.
(52) Going to worship, then feeling refreshed.
(53) The crisp, toner-streaked bulletins.
(54) Watching my parents sit next to each other in church.
(55) Squeezing the hands of Ms. M in our pew.
(56) Passing out hymnals.
(57) Learning new things about *old* (familiar) verses.
(58) Singing Psalms and hymns.
(59) Actually paying attention to hymn/psalm words (this happens…sometimes 😞).
(60) Watching everyone at church serve each other in so many different ways.
(61) Always realizing by the end of the day I was going down the wrong path all week, and was so close to danger when Jesus protected me.
(62) The sadness of the Sunday being over is not quite as overwhelming as the happy assurance that it is either coming again in a week, or Christ is coming back first.
(63) Going to fellow believers’ homes.
(64) Writing notes and suddenly having a spiritual “A-ha!” moment.
(65) Sitting down for sermon.
(66) Standing up for reading God’s word.
(67) The hymn of thanksgiving!
(66) Feeling the different emotions different verses bring, and different memories it gives. For me, some verses remind me if when I first started learning about Jesus. Others, an exciting verse I read last week.
(67) Being in awe that I was made for this. To worship GOD.
(68) The comfort that the outward worship habits don’t save or sanctify. God works in the heart. Plucking grains on the Lord’s Day may be a bad thing, but it may also matter more where the heart is.
(69) Knowing that Jesus rose on this day.
(70) It’s Easter every Lord’s Day!
(71) That the devil no longer has power over me–especially today when He tries so much harder to turn me aside.
(72) Hearing people speak about Jesus with passion.
(73) The happiness that comes after a full day of worship that continues throughout the week.
(74) The things I read in His word today, or hear in His word will help me throughout the rest of the week.
(75) This is the day people get baptized!
(76) And the day people get excited about…like me.
(77) The stillness of the night.
(78) The birds chirping in the morning.
(79) I sleep the best on Sundays because He takes my cares away.
(80) If I am able to go to church, it is a HUGE gift!
(82) The gospel gives great feelings to Christians. Repentance and sadness over sin and its consequences, yes, but ultimately joy. But the reassurance that just because I may not be feeling happy today does not mean that the Holy Spirit is not working; in fact, quite to contrary. Just more proof that I have nothing to do with my salvation.
(83) Feasting on God’s word. Sunday is a holiday. Eat His fruit and meat!
(84) Memorizing (finally!) a passage I have known for years but didn’t know the chapter if verse in the Bible.
(85) Sharing Bibles.
(86) Writing in Bibles.
(87) Finding wonderful articles with proof texts online that encourage walk with God.
(88) The joy of knowing people can call-in to hear worship if they are ill.
(89) Breakfast or no breakfast? I remember when Dad would make us breakfast!
(90) Seeing my family serve the Lord at church.
(91) Falling asleep in the car thinking about a sermon.
(92) Praying. Constantly. Through the Spirit.
(93) Renewal of excitement for the returning of my Lord.
(94) Knowing that the Lord is victorious over the world.
(95) And that He has give me joy!
(96) Seeing the missionary cards upon entering the sanctuary.
(97) Having a day of being separated from the spears of the world (if in a blessed environment) and sheltered safely in Jesus’s bosom.
(99) Knowing that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are working in their people, including me.
(100) A day to write things like this to draw closer to God, and it be okay.
What are some reasons you love the Lord’s Day?