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Years ago, Frank Pack expressed a desire to know what really went on during a worship service.  He said that just one time he would like for the bodies of the worshipers to go where their minds were.

As a preacher, I don’t know if I could stand that.

A businesswoman, thinking of the house she hoped to sell that afternoon, would suddenly pop out of the assembly and be with her prospect....

A teenager might return to Friday night and the touchdown he scored to give his team victory.

Several adults have already popped out of the assembly with their minds fixed on the opening kickoff of a televised football game, and wondering if the service will conclude in time for them to race home and see it.

A married couple sits in the pew seething with anger at each other and trying to figure out what to say next in the argument which started on the way to the service...

An elderly man’s thoughts turn to the grave of his wife who was buried on Friday....

A woman’s mind returns to her kitchen, and the roast she put in the oven....

An avid golfer contemplates how he is going to play the fifth hole next time.

If on a Sunday morning our bodies went where our minds did, I’m afraid there would be so much popping in and out that all of us would be dizzy from looking up and down long before the service concluded.  Worship in spirit and truth is not easily accomplished.  It requires descipline on the part of every worshipper.

Make sure your worship this Sunday is a response to God, to what God has done, and to what God is doing.  “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name:  bring an offering, and come before him:  worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (1 Chronicles 16: 29)

by John Gipson