It’s been a couple of weeks now, but we are meeting in person for worship [see this post to make a reservation]. We are also continuing to stream the worship service every Sunday at 10:30am for those who prefer to worship that way.
Worship is the most important activity for every Christian. Worship has a way of centering the soul, of “righting the ship,” if you will. This is because worship is the one place every person in the room is on equal footing with one another. It is in worship we are reminded that God is God. We are not God, and we remember and celebrate God’s goodness to us through Christ.
The pandemic has had a devastating effect on worship. Attendance is down everywhere. And more importantly, the absence of worship has created a real struggle for some. For others, worship has become something they “used to do.” There is a weird aspect to worship attendance that I have observed over the years. When people skip something they love or need, they are quick to get right back into the groove, like going to the gym or going out to the same restaurant every Saturday night. But worship – that’s different. All it takes is missing one worship service, and before we know it, we’ve missed worship for months or years, even! It’s extremely easy to re-place worship with something else.
I know not everyone will come back to in-person worship right away. I also know that some people are going to have a hard time re-establishing this important habit. For those in the latter category, I have two words. Do it! Worship is important to faith development. Consider these words we read in Hebrews 10:23-25:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
I know the pandemic has made it harder to worship. It’s weird to sign up for something we used to just do. But we need to know we have enough room to social distance, and we must keep track of who attends so we can notify people if the virus finds its way to us. For those who feel more comfortable staying at home, remember you can always go to our church Facebook page [you don’t have to have a Facebook account] and watch the service each week. Click here and scroll down to the live video [or just scroll down below and select “Connect on Facebook” – again Facebook membership is NOT required].