A few weeks ago I preached a sermon on the subject of reverence. There were several things shared in the sermon that were very plain spoken, but the lesson was well received. I trust it was helpful to everyone in being more considerate and respectful to God and our fellow worshippers. As a reminder, I wanted to share some of the thoughts expressed in that sermon.
1. Proper behavior is important to setting the right atmosphere for reverent worship. Talking, whispering, passing notes, chewing and popping gum, etc. is disrespectful of God and others who are trying to worship
2. Attention needs to be given to the care of children during the worship hour. Children are going to be children and sometimes they may misbehave. Everyone understands that, but they can be trained to recognize the solemnity of the occasion and conduct themselves accordingly. Depending on the age of the child, parents can train them by holding them in your lap, or sitting them next to you, or in the pew in front of you.
3. Visiting in the foyer during worship is being disrespectful of God and inconsiderate of those who are trying to worship.
4. It's distracting to be constantly walking up and down the aisle to use the rest room facilities. As much as possible use them between Bible class and worship.
5. Don't interrupt a worshipper during the time when the invitation is being extended or while the invitation song is being sung. Gathering clothing and other personal items, or talking to an individual during this time can be disruptive of their private thoughts regarding their need to respond to the invitation. Always remember that we assemble to worship God.