The Joy of Worship

by Chris Reeves

Many attendance problems that exist in a local church come from church members who really do not enjoy assembling together with the saints to worship the Almighty God of heaven. If Christians who struggle with their attendance would raise the level of joy they have for worshipping God, they would find that attending the worship service is not a problem for them at all. I was raised by parents who taught me not only to attend, but also to enjoy worshipping God when I attend. I was taught to enjoy singing, Bible study, praying, the Lord’s supper, and contributing and I had no trouble at all attending the services.

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The Deeds of Dorcas

At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room.And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them.Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. – Acts 9:36 – 40

Why Dorcas?

I believe this to be one of the more interesting side stories recorded in the book Of Acts. This is the only mention of this lowly disciple who was a servant of the kingdom of God through her service to this local church. She did not meet the standards of what the prominent men of her society would consider to be great or even noteworthy. The only two mentions of her contribution were Luke’s mention of “full of good works and charitable deeds” and the evidence from those grieving over her death of the tunics and garments which she had made.

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