Preparing for Sunday

For the devout Jew, Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday night. That’s when the world of work stops and the time of re-creation begins—when man is no longer just a worker, but also a worshiper.

Borrowing from the Jewish pattern of starting on sundown the evening before, I like using Saturday night as a time of getting ready for worship on Sunday morning. I’ve found that cramming Saturday full of activities and carrying those late into the evening—well, it’s not a good way to ensure that worship is meaningful the next morning.

This weekend, why not try what I’m suggesting? By sundown on Saturday, start to intentionally slow down your day. And, at the same time, start to get ready to meet the Lord the following morning by spending some time in Scripture and prayer. I believe you’ll find it makes a huge difference.


I am grateful that I continue to hear how positively readers are responding to my latest book entitled The Sermon Sucking Black Hole—Why You Can’t Remember on Monday What Your Minister Preached on Sunday. This book is available at by clicking here.

In this book, I offer some solid tips to the people sitting in the congregation to help them remember what their pastor has said from the pulpit.

You will find a variety of other helpful resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.

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