Your Best Church Life: Experiencing Authentic Worship No Matter Your Location
We are several months into our stay-at-home order and many families may still feel like they have not gotten into a new rhythm of worship on Sundays. Sunday mornings might still feel crazy, but instead of rushing to eat breakfast, get dressed, and arrive at church on time, we are trying to focus on a screen, eat breakfast, hear the sermon over the kids, and maybe even being interrupted to take the dog out. This has become the new normal of worship for many families.
And now, as a church body we are getting ready to come back to the church building for worship. But it will still look different than our old normal. There will be smiles under a mask, sitting far from one another, and no hugs. There will be no babies in the nursery, no fun classes for the kids, no high fives. (Believe me, this is hard for me and so many others who serve our kids every week.)
This may leave you wondering what to do. Which way is best? What is going to work? How should we do this?
I’d like to offer a few suggestions as you consider both of these options, especially for families with kids.
Church at Home
Church at the Building
Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us, “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” (ESV). The people in our family are part of this calling to gather together as well as the body of believers we call family. Both are good. Both are part of God’s goodness in your life. Both of these places of church are going to require a lot of grace, patience, and love. They will both be full of surprises and occasional challenges. Both will have distractions that may require responses. Let’s be sure to respond with the heart of Jesus.
During this stay-at-home order, so many lasting memories are being made that will be talked about for generations. In your circle of family and friends, let the future generations remember that you stayed committed to worshiping God whether it was at home or in the church. May they remember that you put others’ needs before your own and you loved like Jesus. Let the generations to come remember that your faith and trust in our great God did not waiver.
One day we will all get back together as the church of Jesus Christ. May we be a stronger church than ever before on that day because of COVID-19. I hope we worship so hard and loud the walls of the church building shake!
P.S. I wish you could see the tears in my eyes as I write today. I love the fellow body of believers that make up my church and I miss them very much!